Don’t close the door on Andre Iguodala’s NBA career just yet.
According to an update from the Warriors on Tuesday afternoon, the veteran forward underwent surgery Tuesday for the left wrist he fractured last week. The Warriors say that Iguodala will be re-evaluated in four weeks – or April 18 – which would be in the midst of the first round of the playoffs. The play-in tournament begins April 11, while the first round begins April 15.
Iguodala is playing his final season and injured himself while falling to the floor against the Phoenix Suns after converting an and-one layup attempt.
Golden State has been patient with Iguodala all season long in his 19th NBA season, as he didn’t make his debut until Jan. 2. Iguodala played three games before being sidelined again with a hip issue, then returned and played in five more contests. Eight games played from a guaranteed roster spot isn’t ideal, but it’s the risk the Warriors took when adding the creaky veteran for another season.
Without Iguodala and Andrew Wiggins – who remains out indefinitely due to a personal issue – players like Jonathan Kuminga, JaMychal Green and Moses Moody have been getting minutes off the bench.
Iguodala isn’t an offensive force anymore, but his defense and leadership would be welcome for the Warriors if they make it into the postseason. We’ll have to see if Iguodala’s body recovers in time to make him eligible to play, but the clock is ticking.