Andre Iguodala trade analysis: Heat show they're serious about making championship push

The Heat have closed in on adding forward Andre Iguodala in a trade with the Grizzlies, according to multiple reports Wednesday night. Miami also reportedly signed Iguodala to a two-year, $30 million contract extension with the second year being a team option.

Iguodala has not suited up for Memphis after it traded for him this past summer, and his desire to leave upset some members of the team’s young core earlier this week.

Miami is expected to send forward Justise Winslow to the Grizzlies as part of the still-developing deal, which could also include the Thunder shipping Danilo Gallinari to South Beach

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Here’s how the Iguodala part of the trade would impact the Heat, Grizzlies and rest of the NBA:

Where does Andre Iguodala fit into the Heat rotation?

Miami entered the season expecting Winslow to continue his growth as a point forward, but he has been limited to 11 games and is currently out with a back injury. Iguodala will most likely be a perfect fit for that role as Winslow’s replacement. His ballhandling skills and defensive intensity would potentially be a huge bonus off the bench.

The Heat are optimistic they can be genuine Eastern Conference contenders after adding Jimmy Butler, watching Bam Adebayo emerge as an All-Star and getting unexpected backcourt production from Kendrick Nunn, among others. Iguodala would give the group another ultra-experienced leader for the playoffs, potentially closing the gap with its rivals.

What Andre Iguodala’s contract extension look like?

Iguodala reportedly agreed to a two-year, $30 million extension as part of the Heat’s trade for him. While the team can let Iguodala go without penalty after next season if it chooses, the contract still represents a remarkable dollar figure for a 36-year-old who hasn’t played since last June.

At this point in his career, Iguodala saves his legs for when it matters most. Given his lack of playing time this season and his need to reacclimatize to the pace of the NBA, fans should not expect much regular-season production from him. He averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last year for Golden State.

The postseason, though, could still bring out the vintage Iggy that Warriors fans fell in love with over the past few campaigns.

What will Miami give up to get Andre Iguodala?

Aside from the hefty contract for Iguodala, Miami will reportedly be parting with Winslow, who was selected No. 10 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. When healthy, Winslow has flashed promise as a defensive stopper who can distribute the ball on offense, but the 23-year-old Duke product would be redundant with Iguodala in the picture.

It’s likely that other yet-to-be-reported pieces will also be involved in the deal, particularly if Oklahoma City is part of the proceedings.

What does the trade mean for Memphis?

The Grizzlies were not going to play Iguodala at any point this year anyway, so any return at all would have been satisfying. That they held out for a young forward with potential in Winslow (and possibly more, depending on how things unfold) represents an extremely impressive working of the market for general manager Zach Kleiman.

Winslow will be used to help build around Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks (who agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski) as Memphis looks to reach the postseason soon. The forward could make sense as a bench ballhandler to lead the offense when Morant is off the floor, and he gained experience in a number of roles in Miami. His health does remain a concern, and it’s unclear how often he’ll be available for Memphis.

Winslow has some friends already on his new team — fellow Duke standouts Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen are part of the squad. He reached out to them publicly on social media Wednesday night.

Winslow is owed $13 million next year and has a team option at that price for the 2021-22 campaign. 

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