Andre Iguodala will get buyout in Memphis, sign with Lakers; Jordan Bell signs with T-Wolves

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Andre Iguodala signed a three-year contract with the Warriors during the summer of 2017, but he will not play for them next season.

Golden State is trading the 2015 NBA Finals MVP to Memphis, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday night.

But Iguodala might not ever put on a Grizzlies uniform.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said the following on his radio show Monday:

“He has basically — according to sources — informed everybody he’s going to work out a buyout and then go to the Lakers.

“So Andre Iguodala is planning on joining the Lakers from what we’re being told. I don’t know how true that is, whether or not it is going to definitively happen.

“But that is the plan at this particular moment in time.”

Iguodala is scheduled to make just under $17.2 million next season, but he’ll probably have to relinquish several million in a buyout in order to become an unrestricted free agent.

Does the 35-year-old have a specific connection to the Lakers? Yes, he does.

Iguodala’s former agent, Rob Pelinka, is the franchise’s general manager.

Shortly after the news of Iguodala being moved surfaced, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne tweeted this:

If Iguodala does end up with the Lakers, and if Kawhi Leonard also signs with them, you might as well just give LA the 2020 Larry O’Brien Trophy right now.

The Warriors simply would not be able to compete with LeBron James’ squad next season.

Stay tuned.


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Warriors forward Jordan Bell agrees to T-Wolves contract

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Warriors forward Jordan Bell might end up playing for the Timberwolves next season.

Bell agreed to a guaranteed contract with Minnesota, his agents told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

At this point, we don’t know the particulars of the deal.

Golden State extended a $1.8 million qualifying offer to Bell last week, making him a restricted free agent.

The Warriors will have the ability to match any deal the 24-year-old signs.

The Dubs paid the Bulls $3.5 million for Bell’s draft rights in 2017. The Oregon product had a very promising rookie season, but took a step back in Year 2.

The Timberwolves were hoping to sign D’Angelo Russell, but as Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic wrote on Monday:

And then, out of nowhere, a dynasty swooped in to bring chaos to the party.

Even for a franchise that has been punched in the gut more often than Rocky Balboa, this one packed a wallop. Afterward, it wasn’t even resignation or devastation that permeated the team, it was disbelief.

This makes you wonder:

Check back soon to find out how much money Minnesota is giving Bell.