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

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Andre Iguodala will return to play his 19th season in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, the player announced Friday morning on his PointForward podcast.

He is ranked No. 14 on the team’s roster heading into training camp. According to Iguodala, this will be his last season.

“I’m going to blame some people,” Iguodala joked on his podcast about his decision to play another season. “I’m going to blame one Steph Curry, but as a team, I blame Steph, Draymond (Green) and Klay (Thompson). Steve (Kerr), a little bit, Bob Myers, I think they showed me. A lot of love, physical basketball. They helped me see who I was outside of playing, but I think Steve was a big offender of ‘really needing you on the court’. Draymond was even bigger.”

The Warriors held onto Iguodala’s roster spot, and he tried not to feel pressured into making a decision. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he didn’t receive any deals over the summer and felt the need to rush Iguodala.

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

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

“There’s a lot he doesn’t do on the court, and he does a lot on the court,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a press conference Thursday. “It’s hard to find that kind of stability and leadership on a team that he brings. Even Steve and I, I can talk to Andre and he knows. He’s very smart. He knows our team. He’s a true professional. He understands the league. He’s seen a lot. He’s played in the finals, and I don’t know, it’s crazy. He’s somebody you want to look up to.”

“I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m in (Jonathan) Kuminga, Moses Moody,” Iguodala said. “I’m on young fellows and if I come to this court I’ll let them know, you’re not doing something right. No way you should let me come to court.”

Iguodala said Golden State came back last year to give the team its fourth title in eight years and cement Curry’s legacy. Iguodala was ready to hang it up after that, but the Finals MVP said his teammates needed him back.

“I’ll let you know Steph,” Iguodala said, looking directly into the camera. “This is the last one.”

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