teve Kerr is giving Andre Iguodala as much time as he needs to figure out his future. S
Kerr explained what he and Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers told Iguodala on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon and Ratto” broadcast on Thursday.
“Bob and I talked to Andre early in the summer and just told him, ‘You have earned the right to do whatever you want and take as much time as you want,'” Kerr explained. “Bob and I are giving him the freedom to make whatever decision he wants, and we will back him in any case.”
“I can assure you that we hope he returns.”
Kerr’s approach has been to be patient with Iguodala’s decision since the offseason began.
With training camp less than two weeks away, Iguodala stated on Friday’s broadcast of the “Point Forward” podcast that he will make his decision shortly.
“From here, Point Forward, whether I’m taking my talents back to the Warriors, taking my talents somewhere else, or taking my black ass home,” Iguodala told his co-host Evan Turner.
While those close to the Warriors await Iguodala’s decision, there is little doubt that what he offers to Golden State extends beyond the stat sheet.
Though the 38-year-old has claimed that he does not want to coach, Iguodala was a valuable mentor to Jonathan Kuminga, who frequently relied on the former and Kevon Looney for advice.
Furthermore, despite averaging career lows in almost every category, Kerr believes that having Iguodala on the team next season may help the Warriors win games, and his voice still carries weight.
“He also shown that he was an indispensable leader in that locker room,” Kerr added. “Even when he receives credit for it, it is insufficient.”
After addressing how Iguodala’s leadership impacted Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II, Jordan Poole, and the Warriors’ Big Three, Kerr emphasized how crucial Iguodala was in the Warriors’ 2022 NBA Finals victory, and how if he returns, he’ll play a similar role to the previous season.
“There will be periods during the season when he’ll be healthy and helping us win games, and times when he’ll be not playing but still patrolling that locker room and making sure players are learning how to win and how to be champions,” Kerr said.
With the Warriors preparing to defend their NBA title, they will need all the aid they can get, including Iguodala’s locker room leadership.
If the four-time champion decides to retire, he will surely be recognized as one of the best Warriors of the last two decades.