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Golden State Warriors might bring Andre Iguodala off the bench
The Golden State Warriors are flirting with the possibility of bringing small forward Andre Iguodala off the bench behind Harrison Barnes. The 22-year-old North Carolina was previously a starter before the Warriors signed Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million in the 2013 offseason.
“I’ve been in the league for a really long time, and there a lot of stories about anything and little things,” Iguodala said. “If my shoes are tied the wrong way, that can become a story. I’m trying not to make (coming off the bench) a story this year, and I’m trying to win a championship.”
The athletic forward has the ability to play at both guard and forward positions and has developed into one of the most versatile players in the league. While being an excellent defender, he can be a big weapon on offense as well has he can attack the paint at will and hit from beyond the arc.
The 30-year-old averaged 9.3 points, 4.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game in 63 games last season for the Warriors as the third scoring option behind guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He elevated his game in the postseason as put 13.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game but, the Warriors were eliminated in seven games by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
“He’s an incredibly smart player,” New Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “He recognizes everything that is happening on the floor at both ends. He’s a leader, so he knows how to run a team and get guys organized. He is an absolute joy to watch out there. I can’t wait to get him in the game to see him, but we’re trying to put the right combinations out there to help everybody and make the team its best.”