How Andre Iguodala’s impending decision to play, retire, changes the future of the Warriors

With Dub Nation delving deep into speculation about his future with the Warriors, Andre Iguodala has been deliberately vague. why? Because it is good for business.

He has a “Point Forward” podcast with former 76ers teammate and co-host Evan Turner. They both understand the value of a promo promotion.

Iguodala dropped one last week, indicating that his decision will be announced through the podcast, which is usually released on Fridays. With Warriors training camp opening next week, the logical assumption is that he’ll take it up before Saturday.

“I will take–what is a synonym for decision?–announcement, share of my future, on Point Forward. How about that?” He said last Friday. “I’ll do it from here, Point Forward, whether I’m going to return my talents to the warriors, take my talents elsewhere or take my Black a-home.”

The warriors want Andrei back. Waiting for an open spot on the list, hoping that at 38, he’ll give them another year.

The Warriors doesn’t care deeply about Iguodala’s individual stats, how many regular season matches he might miss, or how often he’ll be excused from training. Its importance is best measured by the intangible, by what it can offer to different elements of the team.

Coach Steve Kerr and his staff see Iguodala as a player to strategically deploy and a valuable resource for brainstorming.

Veterans Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Clay Thompson consider Andre a friend and teammate they trust will bring brilliance on and off the field—and he’s perfectly comfortable injecting a dose of sober reality.

But it’s the young people of Golden State who need Iguodala the most, even if they don’t quite realize it.

It’s the latest group of starters, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Ryan Rollins, and Joey Santos. More clearly, the under-25s have already entered the styles of the league: Jordan Paul, Moses Moody, James Wiseman and, in particular, Jonathan Kominga. They represent the next stage of warriors, and Iguodala’s guidance will be invaluable.

For this reason, Iguodala’s decision could have an impact on the future of the franchise.

Kuminga is a special project in that it has a physique built for grandeur and off-the-charts athleticism but is the largest uncut diamond. Inner concern about his commitment to developing and refining his primary skills is not expressed overtly but in what is said about others.

Even as Paul was struggling as a rookie and at the start of his second season, there was an emphatic, unanimous cheer about his work ethic. The same is said about Modi. Wiseman whispered it too, but generally in a smaller volume. It is rarely said about Kuminga.

Simply put, the warriors are already convinced of that some of their young players will put in the hard work to maximize their abilities, while continuing to hope that others will do the same under the guidance of the coaching and development staff.

Iguodala He has no interest in such a situation. If he can’t play, he’ll walk.

“The thing I don’t want to be misunderstood, or I don’t want the perception that has been put up there, is that I’m a coach,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area in July.

If Iguodala returns to the Warriors, his role will be that of player-teacher-player because he’s what he wants, and mentor because that’s what the juniors need.

Iguodala won’t be back for the money because he earns far more from his business ventures than he earns about 10 percent more from his salary than the veteran’s minimum $2.6 million earned last season.

He will not return to nutrition and fitness programs because that has long been a part of his lifestyle.

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If Andre decides to come back, it’s because he wants to stay in the game – he was considering an executive role after his career – he still has something to offer, and his family is ready to make the decision.

“I have a son in high school and two little girls,” he told me earlier this summer. “I try to make sure that I can at least have some kind of presence. As a player, you can be with the family.”

If Iguodala decides to retire, his coaches and teammates will miss him. If he decided to return, he would be greeted with a warm welcome by the same people. Because they understand the benefits of having it.

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