Andre Iguodala will return to the Warriors for his 19th NBA season

After weeks of anticipation, Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala announced Friday that he will return to Golden State for the 2022-23 NBA season — his 19th in the league.

Iguodala shared the news on a special episode of his “Point Forward” podcast with his co-host Evan Turner, adding that the duo will continue recording their show throughout the season.

“We’re going to have fun this year. It’s going to be exciting,” Iguodala said. “I’m really looking forward to getting my guys back on the court and getting back on the NBA road with ET and just doing what we do best.”

The news comes a day after Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters he hoped the veteran would return to the team this season.

After winning three championships with the Warriors in a six-year span from 2013 to 2019, Iguodala returned to the Warriors last season after two seasons with the Miami Heat.

He averaged 4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 31 regular season games in 2021-22 and appeared in seven playoff games. Iguodala was on the court in the final minute of the Warriors’ victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals, where he won his fourth ring.

Ever the entrepreneur, Iguodala teased his big decision this month on “Point Forward” ahead of Friday’s announcement, letting Dub Nation know he would reveal whether or not he would retire on his podcast.

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The Warriors made it clear they wanted the 38-year-old to play this season, keeping an open roster spot while they awaited his decision. With Iguodala’s return, Golden State is more focused on the intangibles he brings as a mentor and as a brilliant basketball mind than his on-court stats.

As the team tries to pull back this season, it all starts with the start of training camp just around the corner. And with Iguodala’s return, his odds look much more likely.

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