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Andre Iguodala a Merrill Lynch intern this summer

Andre Iguodala

Philadelphia 76ers’ Andre Iguodala speaks with reporters Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the team’s NBA basketball training facility in Philadelphia. The 76ers’ season ended with a defeat to the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


Andre Iguodala has a lot of money to take care of — he’s already made $44 million in his career and he has about that much more coming to him the next three years (which is why the 76ers shop him around).

Most players treat that much money like they’re in an episode of “Entourage” (the early years, before it sucked), so props to Iggy for learning how to take care of and grow that cash.

He’s interning his summer at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, according to Marc Spears with Yahoo.

Iguodala shadowed a venture capitalist and visited the New York Stock Exchange as part of a week-long internship with Bank of America Merrill Lynch arranged by his financial planner. If the lockout drags on, he’s also considering taking a separate internship with a hedge fund or an apparel company.

“I always had an interest in what was going on in the market,” Iguodala said. “I have a couple of teammates, Jason Kapono and Spencer Hawes, who are into it. I always read USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and I have an E-Trade account, so the interest in finance has always been there.

Iguodala may want to take everything he’s learning with a grain of salt — Merrill Lynch was one of the firms that helped crash our economy then needed a federal bailout. Still, there are a whole lot worse ways he could have spent his offseason.

Go read the entire Yahoo story and you can also read Iggy spouting the union company line on the lockout.