Miami Heat veteran forward Andre Iguodala recently provided a timeline for how much longer he’ll play in the NBA.
During last year’s NBA Finals when Iguodala was a member of the Golden State Warriors, he stated that he could play for another four or five years, but didn’t plan to do that.
“I have about a year or two left,” Iguodala told Mark Medina of USA Today. “I’m serious this time. I got two left.”
The 36-year-old wants to help his wife Christina raise their teenage son Andre Taylor II more closely as he approaches high school.
“He lives a rich and soft life. So I have to prepare him to be self-sufficient,” Iguodala said. “He’s smart enough, but he hasn’t dealt with any danger. Coming from where we come from, it helps us in terms of having street awareness. You have to scope the scene and know there is danger around. But he’s so comfortable that I have to reign him in.”
At this stage in his career, Iguodala has more of an impact in the locker room as a veteran presence, though he still is a solid, reliable role player for the Heat.
“You can’t put an analytic to his game with how many different ways he can impact your team in regards to winning,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You have to have him in your locker room and see him out on the floor to truly understand. Every coach in this league recognizes he is a winner because he does so many winning things.”
In 20 games since joining the Heat (20.2 minutes per game), Iguodala is averaging 4.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.