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Grizzlies trade disgruntled Andre Iguodala to Heat ahead of deadline

Andre Iguodala has gotten his wish. His now-former teammates did not.

The Grizzlies agreed to trade Iguodala to the Heat ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, where the veteran wing will sign a two-year, $30 million extension, ESPN and The Athletic reported Wednesday night. The second year of the extension is a team option, according to the reports.

Justise Winslow was part of the package going back to Memphis, per ESPN, with the full terms of the deal not immediately known.

The 36-year-old Iguodala has been sitting out all year in hopes of a trade to a contender or a buyout since the Warriors dealt him to Memphis along with a first-round pick as part of a salary dump in July. That irked his Memphis teammates, who have been on a surprise playoff push this season and entered Wednesday owning the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“A guy that’s on our team doesn’t want to be on our team,” Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks told reporters Monday night. “I can’t wait until we find a way to trade him so we can play him, and I can show him what really Memphis is about.”

Alas, the Grizzlies and Heat have already completed two matchups this season, so Brooks won’t get a shot at Iguodala this season, though his comments did get support on social media from teammates like Ja Morant. Brooks’ dig came after a report said Iguodala was set to sit out the entire season if he was not dealt to a preferred team by Thursday’s deadline.

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Instead, the Heat landed Iguodala, the three-time NBA champ and former Finals MVP, adding him to a team that entered Wednesday with a 34-15 record, tied for the third seed in the East. Last season, Iguodala averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 33.3 percent from 3.

Iguodala, who had a $17.2 million salary this season, has played in 153 career playoff games, starting 15 of them last postseason for the Warriors.

The 23-year-old Winslow, who is in the first year of a three-year, $39 million contract (the third year is a team option), has been out most of the season, first with a concussion and most recently with a back injury. The forward has played just once since Dec. 6, but last season averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists.