Four-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala has announced his retirement after a distinguished career which stretched over 19 seasons with four teams.
The 39-year-old won all of his titles with the Golden State Warriors and was the 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
The 2011-12 All-Star and 2012 Olympic gold medallist said he had turned down interest from the Warriors and other teams before deciding to step away to spend more time with his family.
“It’s just the right time,” Iguodala said on Friday.
“Time started to get limited for me and I didn’t want to put anything in the back seat. I didn’t want to have to try to delegate time any more. Especially with on the court, off the court with family. A lot.
“You want to play at a high level. But then family is a lot. My son is 16 and then two girls. So, I’m looking forward to seeing them grow up in those important years.”
Iguodala averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 1231 games (784 starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers (2004-12), Denver Nuggets (2012-13), Warriors (2013-19, 2021-23) and Miami Heat (2019-21).
Iguodala’s championships with Golden State came in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022.
His teams made the playoffs 15 times and he appeared in 177 post-season games (107 starts), averaging 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
In the 2015 Finals against Cleveland, he earned MVP honours after averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals and playing outstanding defence against Cavaliers star LeBron James throughout the six-game series.
He also earned his gold medal with the United States at the 2012 Olympics as well as a FIBA world championship in 2010 in Turkey.