SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Andre Iguodala will have his number nine jersey retired by the Golden State Warriors, the NBA club announced Sunday in confirming his trade to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The 35-year-old US swingman and a projected first-round NBA Draft pick were sent to Memphis in exchange for forward Julian Washburn and a traded player exception, giving them future help under NBA salary cap rules.
Iguodala helped the Warriors reach the past five NBA Finals, with Golden State taking the title in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and Iguodala earning the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2015, largely due to his defensive work on LeBron James and without having started a regular-season game.
Warriors co-chairman Joe Lacob said Iguodala played a greater role than the team expected when signing him in 2013.
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