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Golden State Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala returning for 19th NBA season

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Andre Iguodala will return to play his 19th NBA season with the Golden State Warriors, the veteran announced in his PointForward podcast Friday morning.

His return fills the 14th place for the team heading to training camp. According to Iguodala, this will be his last season.

“I’m going to blame a few people,” Igudala joked in his podcast about his decision to play another season. “Steve Curry is someone I blame. But as a group, I blame Steve, Draymond (Green) and Clay (Thompson). Steve (Kerr), a little bit, Bob Myers, I think they showed me a lot of love. They helped me see my existence outside of playing basketball physically, But I also think Steve was the big culprit, ‘We really need you on the court.’ Draymond was big on that too.”

The warriors had held Iguodala’s position on the list for him the entire time, trying not to pressure him into making a decision. The Warriors general manager, Bob Myers, said no deals were struck over the summer that made them feel the need to rush Iguodala.

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Iguodala said he “retired most of the summer,” but after talks with his teammates, Warriors crew and family, he decided to return.

Last season, Iguodala averaged four points on 30 percent shooting, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds in just 31 games. He missed all but six matches between January and the end of the regular season with various injuries, then missed a month of playoffs, causing a cervical disc injury. But for warriors, Iguodala’s role extends far beyond the court.

“There is a lot he does not on the field, and there is a lot he does on the field as well,” Bob Myers, general manager of Warriors, told a news conference on Thursday. “And it’s really hard to find that kind of stability and leadership in the team that he brings. Even for Steve and I, I can talk to Andrei, he just knows. He’s really smart. He knows our team. He’s a real professional. He understands the league. He’s seen a lot. He’s played in, I don’t know, how many finals, he’s crazy. He’s someone you want.”

“I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m on (Jonathan) Kominga, Moses Modi,” Iguodala said. “I’m a young man and I know if you enter this court, you are not doing anything right. You cannot let me enter the court under any circumstances.”

Iguodala said he returned to Golden State last year to help the team win their fourth title in eight years and cement Curry’s legacy. Iguodala was ready to put him on hold then, but the finals’ best player told his teammate he needed him again.

“I tell you, Steve,” Iguodala said, looking straight into the camera. “This is the last one.”

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