Andre Iguodala, Jimmy Butler not expected to play against Kings
Butler suffered a strained right shoulder in the third quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the LA Clippers, but the results of his MRI came back negative. Per the team, he will miss Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings (10 ET, League Pass). As for Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill — the players the Heat acquired in a trade with the Grizzlies this week — their debuts are also unlikely to take place.
The trio went through practice but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it is unlikely that any of them will suit up against the Kings. Igoudala told reporters Friday that he hopes to suit up soon, while Crowder is targeting Sunday’s game in Portland (9 ET, League Pass) as his debut day.
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In a three-team trade that was official on Feb. 6, the Heat acquired Iguodala from the Grizzlies and reportedly inked him to a two-year,$30million extension. Crowder and Solomon Hill joined Iguodala in the deal, while Memphis acquired Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and James Johnson. The Grizzlies then traded Johnson to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Gorgui Dieng.
The 36-year-old Iguodala was traded to Memphis last summer. He did not play for the Grizzlies, after he and the team agreed that it would be best if he was sent elsewhere. It took seven months, but Miami became that next destination.
Miami is the fourth team that Iguodala has suited up for, joining Philadelphia, Denver and Golden State. He has averaged 12.1 points in 1,108 career games, plus is a veteran of 145 playoff contests and was with the Warriors for all five of their NBA Finals runs over the last half decade.
He’s a three-time champion and two-time All-Defensive team member. The Heat went to the NBA Finals annually from 2011 through 2014, and Iguodala went there every season since with Golden State.