Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala told reporters he was “pretty confident” that the Warriors core, including himself, will be back together next year and they’ll “try to make another run” at an NBA championship.
Iguodala was asked about what many see as an uncertain future for the Warriors with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and DeMarcus Cousins all potentially entering free agency and the Warriors a game away from NBA Finals elimination. You can see the full interview here (skip to 4:10 for his remarks on the Warriors’ future).
“A lot of people have spoken to me each and every day [about next season], especially the folks that cover us. I’ll be here next year for sure,” Iguodala said. “And I’m pretty confident that we’ll have our core back and we’ll try to make another run at it.”
It was one of the clearest statements made about the Warriors’ future after the 2018-19 season.
Durant, the biggest name of the Warriors’ potential free agents, has been quiet about his free-agent plans throughout the season. Most recently, some thought that Nike revealed that KD will be staying with the Warriors next season, and ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith said that he thinks Durant will stay with the Warriors if they lose the NBA Finals. Toronto leads the series 3-1.
“The belief is that KD will either go to New York without [Kyrie] and convince him to come to New York or settle for somebody like a Kemba Walker,” Smith said on a recent episode of ESPN’s “First Take.”
“Or, KD may decide to stay in Golden State. Whether or not he decides to go to Golden State, the belief is, it’s contingent on whether or not Golden State wins. If they win the Finals, he leaves. If they lose, he stays.”