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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala explains why he’s helping Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green get paid

OAKLAND – Andre Iguodala said it last season. He said it during the offseason. And he’s said it this preseason that he wants to help his friend and Warriors teammate, Klay Thompson, get paid at a time when he’s due for a contract extension.

“Hopefully he’ll continue to realize I should get like 0.1 percent (of his next contract) or something like that,” Iguodala joked earlier this week.

Iguodala says all this with a smile. He got his big contract in 2008 and another with the Warriors last offseason. Now it’s time for him to help others along, explaining that it’s part of a credo he learned from older teammates who helped him while coming up in the NBA.

“I would do that for any teammate,” the 30-year-old Iguodala told Sirius XM earlier this week. “And I would want it – a teammate like that, a guy to say, ‘Hey, this guy has our back and he wants me to get paid. He’s going to help me in any way possible.’

“It’s not just Klay, but I want Steph (Curry) to maximize his career. I want him to get paid as much as possible on and off the court. Draymond Green’s in a contract year, too, so I’m going to be looking to give him a couple extra. He’s going to fill up the basket a little bit more with me on the court with him as well.

“It’s just about taking care of your teammates, and I learned that early on playing with (Philadelphia 76ers teammates) like Kevin Ollie, playing with guys like Aaron McKie. And then Andre Miller, he was perfect for me. He was a big reason why I got the (six-year, $80 million) deal that I got and why I played at the level I played with when I was in Philly.”

Iguodala got paid with a large contract at age 24. He’s now a National Basketball Players Association vice president who thinks about the best interests of players around the league.

Last season, Iguodala deferred to Curry and Thompson, explaining that he was looking to fit in during his first year on the team. This season, he’s saying he wants to be more assertive. But if he can establish a stronger bond with his younger teammates by being unselfish on the court, Iguodala is going to do so.

Diamond Leung

  • thewarriorsrule

    it’s all iggy’s fault that the warriors will go over the salary cap and the team will have to blow up with lacob doesn’t want to go over the cap.

    he also said he was going to assert himself in last year’s playoffs and he didn’t. it was a disaster. from the looks of preseason so far, it looks like he’s not asserting himself either, even with kerr’s new system.

    he needs to shut up and play and earn his contract that we gave him.

  • Dino Mourtos

    No, it is not Iggy’s fault that cheap-ass Lacob will blow up the team because he does not want to go over the salary cap. It is greedy Lacob’s fault! Andre is doing the right thing, and Lacob should own up to the cost of doing business; a great, profitable business that has already tripled, or, quadrupled, his initial investment!

  • thewarriorsrule

    yes, it is lacob’s fault. but i also don’t think klay is a max player. klay and green should sign for what they are worth, and at the same time we have to go over the cap, so lacob should do it. we’re paying for expensive tickets and food to do so!

  • Howard Benner

    It’s Iguodala’s (he doesn’t like to be called “Iggy;” more evidence you’re a hater. . .) fault the W’s made the trade overtures & obtained his services? Then the W’s negotiated the contract he is currently playing under? Did ‘Dre’s representatives have a gun to W’s (mis)management’s head? Blackmail? Skeletons in the closet?

    “Dre is a NBA player’s association vice-president; the league just signed a mega contract with the TV networks that should elevate the sal cap exponentially; there is a chance when that happens the W’s will be under the aforementioned cap after signing Klay & Green. . .

    Dre was playing well under form due to the hamstring injury & knee tendinitis that dogged him all season long. . .you’re just being a hater. . .cool your jets. . .

    A renegotiation between the players & the league is required. . .the owners owe it to the players to remunerate them for the efforts that led to the new deal. . .it’s the product on the court that benefits the owners, not the other way around. . .that’s the price of doing business. . .

    Perhaps the players throw the owners a drug testing, HGH bone a la the NFL is bantering back & forth with the NFL PA about. . .be trend setters. . .then when the sticky green is legalized it’s back to the conference rooms. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Klay IS a max player; oi Gordon Hayward is a max player Klay is as well. . .while Hayward is a better ballhandler Klay is a preminent perimeter defender & integral to the W’s defensive rotation. . .he D’s up against elite 1’s. . .how many 2’s around the league do that, while possessing the defensive flexability to “d” up against 3’s as well?

  • Howard Benner

    Glad in general the W’s deep reserves were able to take advantage of the absence of the “Splash Brothers” & in particular Justin (time) Holliday, who I liked in the Summer League. . .

    I also like the fact Kerr praised him so; if he could become a consistent contributer this would deepen the bench, particularly when the W’s have to go “small” on the preimeter; Livingston could play the point while barnes could be a stretch four & Brandon Rush & Holliday could be the wings. . .they still need a capable bench “big. . .” hope it’s Ezeli. . .

    http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_26760444/golden-state-warriors-fall-short-houston-rockets-exhibition