Southeast Notes: Iguodala, Beal, Magic, Hornets

Andre Iguodala turned 36 years old in January, but that didn’t stop him and the Heat from agreeing to a contract extension when he was dealt to Miami at the February trade deadline. Speaking to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, Iguodala said that the new deal, which provides a $15MM guarantee for 2020/21 and a $15MM team option for ’21/22, was something both sides pushed for at the time of the trade.

“Both sides knew the window we have — my window and the team’s window,” the Heat forward said. “We all know about when teams want cap space. It’s hard to get acclimated with a group of guys in two months. The locker room is a special place. I wanted to be somewhere where I could grow with the guys, a lot of the young talent that I have a good impression of, help them grow, especially Bam (Adebayo), Kendrick Nunn, Tyler (Herro) and Duncan (Robinson). I didn’t want it to be a two-, three-month thing.”

As Jackson points out, the Heat hadn’t expected to be a major player on the 2020 free agent market, so adding $15MM for Iguodala to next season’s books shouldn’t hurt the team. And in the 2021 offseason, the $15MM team option can be turned down with no penalty if the club needs to create cap room.

Here’s more from around the Southeast:

  • General manager Tommy Sheppard said this week that the Wizards will be “very protective” of star guard Bradley Beal during the NBA’s restart, but there’s no indication Beal won’t play as the team pushes for the final playoff spot in the East, writes Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
  • Magic head coach Steve Clifford still isn’t committing one way or the other on whether Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu will be available this summer, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic (Twitter link). Asked today about the two injured forwards, Clifford replied, “They’re both in here working every day. … I just think it’s really early to try to make an intelligent decision on anything like that.”
  • Joe Wolf, who has been the head coach of the Hornets‘ G League affiliate for the last two seasons, won’t have his contract with the Greensboro Swarm extended, the club announced today in a press release.
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10 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Iguodala, Beal, Magic, Hornets

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Can’t imagine there’s much chance the Heat will exercise the option in 2021.

    Iggy will be 37, going on 38, when the 2021-22 season begins. $15M is too much.

    • wagner13

      Plus the Heat will likely want to be players in the free agent market by then. An exorbitant Iguodala contract would hinder them significantly

  2. mlbnyyfan

    Iggy should of retired as a Warrior. He was the perfect fit for that team. Surprised they traded him.

    • ThePeople'sElbow

      they didn’t trade him because they wanted to, but had to. Acquiring D.Lo placed a hard cap on the franchise and letting go of Iggy’s salary was one of the chess moves that was required to facilitate everything.

    • Afk711

      Rather have Dlo than old Iggy. Anyone with common sense makes thats swap.

      • x%sure

        Or, better to have Wiggins and a high first than Iguodola in a down year for the team. Actually it would be more complicated than that.

  3. Sillivan

    I like Magic role players
    Fournier
    Ross
    Aminu
    Isaac
    Bamba

    Warriors trade picks and TE for one of them

    • Not Aminu, not Ross. Isaac is not available. Bamba it would be too early for them to give up on him and trade him away.

      Evan Fournier, I don’t know he’s pretty good… I like his game, kind of an all-around guy. I’d take him as a wing bench guy.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Like to see iggy end his career in Philly. He can sign for two yrs. He can help too. Just save him for playoffs.
    Magic probably going to move Gordon. Time for Issac to step up. Gordon’s salary fits right into Warriors trade exception. For future pick #1, I do it. He fits better than Wiggins. They can shop Wiggins then.

    • Magic 24/7

      GSW’s trade exception is $17,185,185. Aaron Gordon’s 20-21 salary is 18,136,364.

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