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Golden State Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala returning for 19th NBA season

Andre Iguodala will return to play his 19th NBA season with the Golden State Warriors, the veteran revealed on his Point Forward podcast on Friday morning.

His comeback ranks 14th on the team heading to training camp. According to Iguodal, this will be his last season.

“I’m going to blame a few people,” Iguodala joked about his decision. “Step Curry is the only person I will blame. But as a band, I blame Steph, Draymond. [Green] and Clay [Thompson]. Steve [Kerr] a little, Bob Myers, I think they just showed me a lot of love. They helped me see my presence beyond the physical game of basketball, but I also think Steve was a big contributor to “we really need you on the court.” Draymond was good at it too.”

The Warriors kept him in Iguodal’s roster all offseason, trying not to pressure him into making a decision. Myers, the Warriors’ general manager, said there was no deal for him over the summer that made the team feel the need to rush Iguodala.

Iguodala said he was “retired for most of the summer”, but after speaking with his teammates, the Warriors staff and his family, he decided to return.

Last season, Iguodala averaged four points on 30% shooting, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds in just 31 games. He missed all but six games between January and the end of the regular season with various injuries, and then a month of the playoffs with a left cervical disc injury. But for the Warriors, Iguodala’s role extends far beyond the court.

“He does so many things that are off the court and he does a lot of things on the court,” Myers said at a press conference on Thursday. “And it’s very hard to find that kind of stability and leadership in a team that he brings. Even for Steve and me, I can talk to Andre, he just knows. He is really smart. He knows our team. He is a true professional. He knows the league. He has seen a lot. He played in I don’t know how many finals, it’s crazy.

“I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m [Jonathan] Kuminga, Moses Moody,” Iguodala said in a podcast. “I am among the young guys and will let them know if I get on this court, you are doing something wrong. Under no circumstances should you allow me to enter the court.”

Iguodala said he returned to Golden State last year to help the team win their fourth title in eight years and cement Curry’s legacy. After that, Iguodala was ready to end it, but the Finals MVP told his teammate that he needed him again.

“I’m letting you know, Steph,” Iguodala said, looking straight into the camera. “This is the last”.

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