Reports: Grizzlies agree to trade Iguodala to Miami

Justise Winslow headed to Memphis in deal


The “Woj Bomb” that Grizzlies fans have been waiting all season for has apparently dropped.

Multiple reports indicate that the Grizzlies have agreed to trade Andre Iguodala and his $17 million contract to the Miami Heat. In return, the Grizzlies will receive former Duke star Justise Winslow, who had fallen out of the rotation with the arrival of Jimmy Butler.

For good measure, The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting the same:

It brings an apparent end to Iguodala’s pseudo-saga in Memphis. The former Finals MVP was traded to Memphis last summer, but rather than play for a rebuilding team, Iguodala was granted permission to stay in Los Angeles while the team worked out a deal with one of his preferred teams — presumably championship favorites in the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers.


Okay, cool. The beauty of ANY resolution to the Iguodala saga is that the Grizzlies were holding all the cards – and they knew it.

The fact that the Grizzlies have been so successful without Iguodala ever suiting up means his trade will have the same impact on the rotation as his absence did: ZERO. And had they opted not to trade him at all, it wouldn’t have been a horrible outcome, as I think they Grizz will need that cap space to re-sign some of their own free agents this offseason.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies get back yet another young vet in Justise Winslow. Miami selected Winslow with the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft, and he has logged starter minutes in 105 games. He has career averages of 9 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He has been injured recently, but before that became somewhat obsolete with the arrival of Jimmy Butler in Miami.

It gives Taylor Jenkins yet another versatile wing player to trot out in case of injury to an existing role player. And I’ll say this for the Miami Heat: While the city is glitzy, Heat president Pat Riley has imposed a hard-hat, hardworking culture on that franchise. In other words, Winslow should fit right in with the hard-charging Grizzlies – if he can find minutes, that is.

but he’s already excited to suit up with other Duke alums Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen:

And given the recent heat that both Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant threw at Iguodala and Steph Curry, Memphis will instantly love how Winslow responded to former Heat star Dwyane Wade’s tweet about the trade: