Warriors Notes: Iguodala, Payton, Porter, Front Office

Warriors wing Andre Iguodala isn’t prepared to say whether or not he intends to continue his NBA career beyond this season, writes Mark Medina of NBA.com.

“We’ll wait until we see how it ends. It can go either way with wins or losses,”  Iguodala told Medina. “I know my answer. But I don’t want to put it out in the world. I don’t want to get in trouble.”

Due to a left cervical disc injury, Iguodala hasn’t seen any action since Game 4 of the Warriors’ first-round series vs. Denver. He made it through practice on Wednesday without restrictions and said he’s “doing everything I need to do around the clock” in an effort to be available for the NBA Finals, according to Medina.

For now, Iguodala is listed as questionable for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, as are Gary Payton II (left elbow fracture) and Otto Porter Jr. (left foot soreness), per Anthony Slater of The Athletic (Twitter link). Like Iguodala, Payton and Porter took contact in Wednesday’s practice. The Warriors will announce closer to game time whether the three veterans will be active for Thursday’s contest.

Here’s more on the Warriors:

  • In an interesting story for The Athletic, Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II examine some of the new additions the Warriors have made to their front office in recent years and the role those individuals played in many of the moves that have worked out for the team. Executive director of basketball analytics Pabail Sidhu, for instance, leads the team’s “refurbished” analytics department that identified Porter and Nemanja Bjelica as preferred free agent targets last summer.
  • Speaking to Marc J. Spears of Andscape, Draymond Green expressed appreciation for the opportunity to once again be playing in the NBA Finals after two tough seasons. “I have a much larger appreciation for it now than I did (from 2015-19) because it was kind of all I knew,” Green said.
  • Tim Kawakami of The Athletic and ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne (Insider link) revisit two trades that played important parts in getting the Warriors to where they are today: the 2019 sign-and-trade acquisition of D’Angelo Russell, and the subsequent deal that flipped Russell to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins and the first-round pick that became Jonathan Kuminga. If Golden State hadn’t turned Kevin Durant‘s departure for Brooklyn into a sign-and-trade deal for Russell, the team would’ve lost a maximum-salary slot and that second trade for Wiggins wouldn’t have been possible.
  • In case you missed it, Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said the team’s rising payroll won’t impede a new deal for Jordan Poole. Our full story is here.
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