Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) gestures after making a three point basket in the second period of their basketball game against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
A day after ending his free agency tug-of-war with the Warriors and agreeing to a three-year, $48 million deal, Andre Iguodala joined NBA TV to discuss his realistic thoughts about leaving and the factors that led to his decision to return to the defending champs.
Among them: Iguodala’s 10-year-old son, who had no interest in leaving all he’s come to know in the Bay Area.
“The guy sitting across from me, my son, he’s playing Madden,” Iguodala told NBA TV. “I told him I had some options, other teams I was looking at. I said we might be leaving and he started crying.”
In the background of the call, you can then hear Iguodala’s son interrupting his father’s call.
“You did. Yes, you did,” Iguodala’s heard talking to his son, before telling NBA TV: “He said he was close but he wasn’t crying.”
Listen to the exchange here.
Andre Iguodala joined #GameTime to confirm he’s re-signing with the @warriors! #NBAFreeAgency pic.twitter.com/LyuDOMSlMI
Despite his free agency only lasting about 25 hours, the courting of Iguodala had a bit of drama. He took meetings with the Spurs, Kings, Lakers and Rockets, before cancelling a few more. Many believed the flirting was about negotiating leverage — scaring the Warriors into upping their offer from two years and less annual money to three fully guaranteed years and a bit more.
And if it was, it worked. But Iguodala said the meetings weren’t just a ploy, there was a realistic chance he was going to leave.
“Sometimes guys get in trouble when you try to use leverage with another team and they don’t think they’re ever going to go there but they try to use them as leverage,” Iguodala told NBA TV. “I never take that approach. Whenever I take a meeting or have another opportunity with another organization, I take it very seriously.”
But after a day of drama, Iguodala got a market-appropriate three-year, $48 million offer from the Warriors and accepted it.
“At the end, it came down to (the fact that) we won two championships in three years, have a special thing rolling,” Iguodala said. “Draymond text me and said, ‘I don’t care how much you make, just want to keep this thing rolling.’ We got a great relationship. KD text me as well. I had to find Steph. He’s out enjoying himself, but he said the same thing.”
“Just want to keep this rolling… that brotherhood we built over the last couple years, it means a lot.” – Iggy on Warriors#NBAFreeAgency pic.twitter.com/xU9ffKqDBY