The Golden State Warriors and CEO Joe Lacob announced they would retire Andre Iguodala’s number 9 jersey next year in a thank you letter according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
CEO Lacob explained in a press release why they would be retiring Iguodala’s jersey.
During the summer of 2013, we went through an extensive free agency process in our efforts to sign Andre Iguodala. At that time, we envisioned him becoming a vital part of a young, up-and-coming team with championship aspirations. As we look back six years later, we actually underestimated what his value would be to our team, both on the court and in the locker room. In what has been well-documented, Andre sacrificed for the betterment of our team and, in one of the best stories of this journey, earned NBA Finals’ MVP honors in 2015. He has been absolutely vital to our success during five consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and three championships. We thank Andre for all of his contributions and look forward to seeing his number in the rafters at Chase Center. (Transcribe by NBA.com)
Last month, the Golden State Warriors traded former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala along with a protected first-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors also sent a 2024 protected first-round pick, and two other future draft picks per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Warriors decided to trade Iguodala after a sign, and trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets for D’Angelo Russell and signed him to a four-year contract worth $117 million according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Also last week, Shams Charania reported that as part of the trade between the Grizzlies and Warriors, Memphis would send guard Julian Washburn, to the Golden State Warriors and received $2 million in cash considerations along with a first-round draft pick.
Sources: As part of the Andre Iguodala trade, the Memphis Grizzlies sent guard Julian Washburn (two-way contract) to the Golden State Warriors and received cash considerations ($2M) along with a first-round draft pick.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2019
As Lacob mentioned in his statement, Iguodala has been a staple in the Warriors organization in the last six years, and if you ask two-time MVP Stephen Curry, he is a Mr. Do it All.
He is just a Mr. Do It All, kind of like a Swiss Army knife out there. He just makes winning plays defensively; he is versatile. He is able to guard a bunch of different positions, he is smart with the ball and he understands how teams try to defend him. He tries to counter that with timely screens, aggressive drives to the basket, knocking down open shots, so he always seems to be at the right place at the right time. The ultimate luxury to have to fill in a lot of different holes we have on our team.
Iggy’s veteran leadership and his ability to fill in holes is something that will be missed in Golden State, especially with Klay Thompson out with an ACL injury until at least February of next season.