Memphis has no plans to negotiate a contract buyout and continues to expect that it will find a trade for Iguodala prior to the Feb. 6 deadline, sources said.
The Daily Memphian was first to report that Iguodala would be away from the team.
“… we’re trying to figure out things on both sides,” Iguodala told NBC Sports Bay Area in an interview published Monday. “They’re trying to figure out some things, and I’m trying to figure out some things. As of today, we’re on the same page. Camp opens the next week. We’ll see. We’re on the same page, though.”
The Golden State Warriors sent Iguodala, who is due $17.2 million next season in the final year of his contract, along with a lightly protected 2024 first-round pick to the rebuilding Grizzlies because they needed to shed his salary to execute a three-team, sign-and-trade deal for All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.
Iguodala, 35, a critical piece of the Warriors’ three championships and five consecutive Finals appearances, is considered one of the league’s elite wing defenders and is an excellent passer and threat off the dribble. He averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as Golden State’s sixth man last season. Those averages increased to 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists during the playoffs, in which Iguodala started the majority of the games.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.