The biggest question facing the Golden State Warriors — aside from whether or not they can repeat themselves as an NBA champion — is what exactly the future holds for dubs legend Andre Iguodala. With the team’s first preseason game just days away, Iggy has yet to give a hint as to what he’ll be doing.
Golden State is said to be expecting the baller back for another year; However, all Iguodala has said is that he will announce his decision to stay or withdraw – whatever it may be – on his podcast.
Meanwhile, keen-eyed fans hoping for another year with the 2015 Finals MVP received a shock Wednesday when the Warriors appeared to occupy his roster spot with a surprise signing.
Shortly after news of the roster change broke, however, a team insider revealed the latest acquisition’s stay would be short, leaving the door open for Iggy to return.
According to an announcement by Warriors PR, the team has officially signed 29-year-old sniper Dusty Hannahs. The 6-foot-4 guard spent last season with Australia’s NBL’s Adelaide 36ers. In 23 games with the club, he averaged 13.5 points and 1.7 rebounds.
More recently, Hannahs could be seen plying his trade for the Milwaukee Bucks to enter the Las Vegas Summer League. However, he only played briefly in his two appearances there.
A handful of fans on social media wondered if Hannah’s actually took the place that was intended for Iguoadala. As per team policy, the terms of the baller’s new deal were not disclosed, but The Athletic’s Anthony Slater quickly dismissed the notion that something had changed about Iguodala’s squad place.
“This is a sign and waive deal, Annex 10, destination (eventually) Santa Cruz,” Slater reported on Twitter. “Does not affect the open roster spot awaiting Andre Iguodala should he decide to return.”
Hannahs, on the other hand, is no stranger to the Warriors organization, or the Sea Dubs in particular. He appeared in 13 games with the G-League team in the 2020-21 season, averaging 11.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 39.3% from deep and 91.7 % shot from the line.
Before the onset of the pandemic, the Warriors had an annual tradition of going into San Quentin State Prison and playing a pick-up game against a team of inmates. Last Friday morning, the team made its first return trip in three years to renew the long-running streak.
According to Mercury News, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody were all present, but none attended the game. Instead, player development coach Hilton Armstrong, data analyst Hannah Heiring, Sea Dubs assistant Noel Hightower, and others represented the world champions.
For his part, Warriors assistant Jama Mahlalela was surprised by the positive energy he could feel in prison.
“I was able to talk to some of the guys when we walked in and it’s normal conversation,” Mahlalela added. “And I think that’s really what this is about. We’re all figuring out humanity together and doing this journey in different places, but it was good to meet some people. And realize – I always say this – we are more the same than different.”
In the end, the Golden State Warriors beat the San Quentin Warriors 83-65.