Andre Iguodala to return to Warriors for 2022-23 season

It appears retirement will wait at least one more year for Andre Iguodala.

Iguodala on Friday announced on the latest episode of his “Point Forward” podcast that he’ll return to the Warriors for his 19th NBA season.

The big decision, straight from the source.

Andre and @thekidet break down what went into the call that Iguodala wrestled with all summer.

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Iguodala’s status remained up in the air as recently as Thursday when coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers met with reporters ahead of training camp, which opens Saturday.

The Warriors reserved their 14th roster spot for Iguodala, hoping the 38-year-old would come back for one last hurrah. After months of mulling his decision, Iguodala determined that’s exactly what he wants to do.

When healthy, Iguodala is still a valuable defender and backup playmaker. But even off the court, the 2015 Finals MVP still provides immense benefits to the team, which includes at least five players born in the new millennium and four who can’t legally buy beer yet.

Iguodala is a trusted confidant of the Warriors’ Big Three featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. But his wisdom of playing a career that’s spanned three decades makes him an invaluable resource to young players like Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman.

That was on display during last season’s run to the Finals.

Iguodala, who was limited to just 31 regular-season games due to injuries and seven playoff games due to injuries, was a mentor for some of the younger Warriors. He shared insight with guys like Kuminga, Moody and Jordan Poole, while also providing perspective that one only has while on their seventh trip to the Finals.

“Andre was just a really big part of this with his guidance and leadership and wisdom,” coach Steve Kerr said after the Warriors beat the Celtics in six games to win their fourth title in eight years.

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