Luxury tax may cause Andre Iguodala to leave Warriors
Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, has previously stated his desire to test the free agency waters but ultimately re-sign with the Warriors. He made just $12.1 million this past season.
If Durant were to sign a five-year max contract, his first year salary of approximately US$35 million (AU$46 million) would force the Warriors to renounce several players to clear cap room.
The report added that while there is no confirmation if Iguodala will take the free agency meetings, teams around the league reckon the reigning National Basketball Association champions can’t afford to lose their Sixth Man and defensive ace.
Iguodala is set to become a free agent come July 1 and he is not the priority of the team right now it seems. Durant had a deadline of Thursday to make his decision. But Durant has offered to take a discount in this new deal, sources said, because he’s so determined to help Golden State fend off the external interest Iguodala and Livingston are sure to attract.
Durant will reportedly wait until later in July after the Warriors have completed most of their off-season work to re-sign with the team.
Andre Iguodala, No. 9 of the Golden State Warriors, talks to the fans while they celebrate the Warriors 2017 NBA Championship. The latest rumors suggest that Iguodala could possibly leave the Warriors after his agent dropped hints about it.
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