Former Arizona Basketball stars, Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill are now teammates for the Miami Heat.
Former Arizona Basketball greats, Solomon Hill and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, have been traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Miami Heat. In addition, the Heat will get forward Jae Crowder in exchange for Justice Winslow, Dion Waiters & James Johnson.
In his 15th season in the NBA, Iguodala boldly orchestrated the move to Miami, a surprise Eastern conference contender, along with a 2 year $30 million dollar extension. Currently, the Heat are in fourth place in the East and 9.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks
Earlier this week Grizzlies’ guards Dillon Brooks and rookie star Ja Morant expressed frustrations with Iguodala because he had not played a single minute for Memphis this season. Iggy wanted to play for a contender in his last few years and not a team rebuilding. But suddenly, Memphis is way ahead of schedule at 8th in the West and they felt disrespected.
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Looks like Brooks & Iggy both got what they wanted. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, the Heat & Grizz do not have any more games scheduled against each other this year.
Iguodala will bring his superior basketball IQ and title-winning prowess to Miami, joining Hill’s (5.7 ppg / 3.0 rpg) all-around game. The two ex-Arizona players join forces with All-Stars Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo & rookie sensation Tyler Herro. Add Jae Crowder’s (9.9 ppg / 6.2 rpg) three-point shooting and rebounding to an already formidable lineup, Miami is preparing for a deep playoff run.
These two didn’t play together while at Arizona, but each played a significant role during the careers as a Wildcat Come full circle, in Miami, they will play a crucial role in the Heat’s success this season. It will be interesting to see how things play out.
Three-time NBA champion Iguodala is already one of the most beloved & accomplished ex-Wildcat basketball players. But if he can recapture the magic from Golden State and help guide the Heat over the top, not only will he add to his impressive legacy, but he could possibly have the best professional career of any former Arizona Wildcat.
At Zona Zealots, we are excited to see two former Arizona Basketball players join forces in the NBA. We can’t wait to see how this season plays out for both of them. As always, Bear Down, Arizona!