Word on the street is that the Miami Heat are making a move to acquire three-time NBA Champion Andre Iguodala in a sign and trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.
Adding a former NBA Finals MVP and consummate team player is normally a great team for a team that is making a title play. This came at the price of Justise Winslow, who has barely played all season and has a player efficiency rating of 8.8, along with a $30 million extension for Iguodala.
In the immortal words of Lil’ Jon: “What?”
Iguodala, who did not suit up for the Memphis Grizzlies this season before being traded to the Heat, is laughing all the way to the bank. He’s making over $17 million this year, and has received a final pre-retirement package from his brand new team.
That’s a lot of damn money for someone who hasn’t played meaningful basketball since last year’s playoffs and turned 36 less than two weeks ago.
Pat Riley must really be serious about making a push for the title this year, because that’s the only reason that this trade makes sense. He’s probably hoping that he pulls out a 22 point game in a pivotal matchup like last year’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Riley has always been a man with a ‘win now’ mentality who has been able to grind out good performances from players who match his intensity. If anyone’s forgotten, he took over head coaching duties for the Miami Heat in 2006 after seeing Stan Van Gundy stumble after the first 21 games. He won a title with that squad of veterans led by Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade.
There’s still a chance that the Heat also sign Danilo Gallinari, which shows that the intent is clear. Riley truly thinks that the Heat can make a lot of noise in the postseason.
While I think the move is still a bit confusing, I’ve also got to be fair. The second year of the deal is a team option, which gives the Heat flexibility and perhaps a trade chip to bring another talented piece to Miami. Jimmy Butler will only be 32 in two seasons, and if their talented youngsters continue to develop they could have a serious four to five year window to contend starting from this season.
As for Iguodala, well, more power to him. He’s just made off like a bandit. I actually hope that he can have a good impact on the Heat, because they’re such a damn fun team to watch.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a jealous, though. Life just isn’t fair sometimes. I want to get paid $30 million to move to Miami. Beaches, beautiful women, and sunny weather, who wouldn’t want that?
Oh, and I hear the strip clubs are great. Damn Iggy, you’re going to have some fun.
An artist’s rendition of how Andre Iguodala reacted to his trade to the Heat.