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Andre Iguodala announces he will make season debut Saturday

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 13: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on November 13, 2022 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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At age 38, Andre Iguodala doesn’t play the same size role for the Warriors that he did back when they won their first title of the Curry era, when Iguodala won Finals MVP. But he still plays a role — one they could use with players in and out of the lineup due to injury.

Iguodala will make his season debut on Saturday night when the Heat host the Orlando Magic, he announced on his Point Forward podcast. Iguodala has been out up to this point due to a hip injury.

The timing couldn’t be much better for the Warriors. Curry and Andrew Wiggins remain out due to injury (although both are reportedly nearing a return), and role players James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and JaMychal Green are also are missing time right now.

Iguodala has said this 19th one will be his final NBA season, a career that saw him enter the league and become a top scorer in Philadelphia and evolve into one of the core players of the Warriors’ title runs (he has four rings with the team, the only others with that many are Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green). He wants to leave the game on his own terms, and the Warriors are helping him do that.

But for now, they need him on the court.