Warriors' Andre Iguodala on NBA future: 'I'm going to be done soon'

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Andre Iguodala can see his NBA career coming to an end in the not-too-distant future.

The 34-year-old Warriors forward knows retirement is on the horizon, and another championship run could have a major impact on his final decision.

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"I’m going to be done soon," Iguodala told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole. "I could probably play a legit five more years, but I’ll probably max out at three more after this year — maybe three more.

"But if I’m not here, that will weigh heavily on what I will do. I possibly have another year here — if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it."

Iguodala throwing out the word "possibly" could raise some eyebrows considering he is under contract with Golden State through the 2019-20 season ($17.2 million salary). The 2015 NBA Finals MVP isn't too concerned about the rest of his deal, though.

"That’s if we win," Iguodala said. "If not ..."

The counting stats don't do Iguodala any favors (4.5 points in 22.8 minutes per game), but they belie his impact on the floor and in the locker room. His versatility gives Warriors head coach Steve Kerr options with his rotations. He was an invaluable piece of the original "Death Lineup."

It's also important to remember Iguodala becomes a different player in the postseason. Golden State performed significantly better with Iguodala on the floor during the 2018 playoffs, particularly on the defensive end.

2018 NBA playoffs Off Rating Def Rating Net Rating Assist %
Iguodala On 110.9 97.8 13.2 66.7
Iguodala Off 109.7 101.8 8.0 60.8

He might coast a bit during the regular season as the Warriors monitor his minutes, but Iguodala is typically on the court for the moments that matter. He contributes while staying within himself and understands his role as well as any player in the league.

"It’s all about that balance," Iguodala said. "Sometimes, I have to be the guy that says, 'OK, we’ve got to play the right way.' If that means I’ve got to pass up some shots to make sure everybody else is in the right flow, has the right mindset and is getting their touches, so be it — as long as I know that’s going to help us in the long run."

How much longer will that run last? That's the big question for Iguodala and the Warriors.

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