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The Heat added forwards Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill in a trade with the Grizzlies on Thursday. Miami also reportedly signed Iguodala to a two-year, $30 million contract extension with the second year being a team option. Miami will send Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters to the Grizzlies to complete the deal, according to ESPN. The Timberwolves later joined the trade, giving Gorgui Dieng to Memphis in exchange for James Johnson, who had been traded from the Heat to the Grizzlies in an earlier iteration of the deal. MORE: Rockets gamble on small-ball strategy Here's how the trade impacts the Heat, Grizzlies and rest of the NBA:
Where does Andre Iguodala fit into the Heat rotation?
The Heat added forwards Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill in a trade with the Grizzlies on Thursday. Miami also reportedly signed Iguodala to a two-year, $30 million contract extension with the second year being a team option.
Miami will send Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters to the Grizzlies to complete the deal, according to ESPN. The Timberwolves later joined the trade, giving Gorgui Dieng to Memphis in exchange for James Johnson, who had been traded from the Heat to the Grizzlies in an earlier iteration of the deal.
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Here's how the trade impacts the Heat, Grizzlies and rest of the NBA:
Miami entered the season expecting Winslow to continue his growth as a point forward, but he has been limited to 11 games and is currently out with a back injury. Iguodala will likely be a perfect fit for that role as Winslow's replacement. His ballhandling skills and defensive intensity would potentially be a huge bonus off the bench.
The Heat are optimistic they can be genuine Eastern Conference contenders after adding Jimmy Butler, watching Bam Adebayo emerge as an All-Star and getting unexpected backcourt production from Kendrick Nunn, among others. Iguodala would give the group another ultra-experienced leader for the playoffs, potentially closing the gap with its rivals.
Crowder is another valuable player for Miami's rotation. He can do a bit of everything on the floor, though his 3-point shooting (29.3 percent this year) hampers how much he can realistically add to the Heat. Along with fellow newcomers Iguodala and Hill, and bench players Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr., Crowder will be part of one of the NBA's deepest teams.
What does Andre Iguodala's contract extension look like?
Iguodala reportedly agreed to a two-year, $30 million extension as part of the Heat's trade for him. While the team can let Iguodala go without penalty after next season if it chooses, the contract still represents a remarkable dollar figure for a 36-year-old who hasn't played since last June.
With a team-option for the 2021-22 season, Iguodala is allowing the Heat to keep salary cap flexibility for free agency, league sources tell ESPN. If Miami misses on recruiting a max star, the plan would be for Miami to guarantee that season's $15M, per sources.
At this point in his career, Iguodala saves his legs for when it matters most. Given his lack of playing time this season and his need to reacclimatize to the pace of the NBA, fans should not expect much regular-season production from him. He averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last year for Golden State.
The postseason, though, could still bring out the vintage Iggy that Warriors fans fell in love with over the past few campaigns.
Bruh you’re a legend @andre . My guy sat half the season. Spent time with his family. Promoted his book. Sharpened up his post retirement plans and cashed out 😂✊🏾 respect bruh.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 6, 2020
Crowder and Hill are on expiring contracts.
What will Miami give up to get Andre Iguodala?
Aside from the hefty contract for Iguodala, Miami will part with Winslow, who was selected No. 10 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, plus Johnson and Waiters.
When healthy, Winslow has flashed promise as a defensive stopper who can distribute the ball on offense, but the 23-year-old Duke product would be redundant with Iguodala in the picture. Johnson and Waiters had been exiled by the Heat and do not represent significant losses.
What does the trade mean for Memphis?
The Grizzlies were not going to play Iguodala at any point this year anyway, so any return at all would have been satisfying. That they held out for a young forward with potential in Winslow represents an extremely impressive working of the market for general manager Zach Kleiman.
Winslow will be used to help build around Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks (who agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski) as Memphis looks to reach the postseason soon. The forward could make sense as a bench ballhandler to lead the offense when Morant is off the floor, and he gained experience in a number of roles in Miami. His health does remain a concern, and it's unclear how often he'll be available for Memphis.
Winslow has some friends already on his new team — fellow Duke standouts Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen are part of the squad. He reached out to them publicly on social media Wednesday night.
@1Tyus @GraysonJAllen MY BRUDDAS✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
— Justise Winslow (@IAmJustise) February 6, 2020
Winslow is owed $13 million next year and has a team option at that price for the 2021-22 campaign. Waiters and Dieng are signed through next season.