Jimmy Butler: Heat ‘ready to go to war’ after acquiring Andre Iguodala
The Miami Heat were already considered contenders in the Eastern Conference prior to the acquisition of Andre Iguodala, and Jimmy Butler believes the trade makes them an even more serious threat to land a spot in the NBA Finals.
There are still a few matters left to be resolved and additional players to be named before the trade becomes official, but it appears that the Heat will ship Justise Winslow to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Iguodala. The deal may also involve the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Danilo Gallinari ending up in Miami as well.
However things ultimately shake out, the Heat got their man in the veteran Iguodala, and Butler weighed in on the acquisition following Wednesday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Suffice to say, he is clearly thrilled.
Jimmy Butler after Heat’s trade deadline push: “We’re ready to go to war. We know we can compete with the best of them.” pic.twitter.com/2N4uO5JwpE— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 6, 2020
Butler also touted how what Igoudala brings to the team will pay huge dividends for the Heat down the stretch.
Heat’s Jimmy Butler on Andre Iguodala: “He’s super smart. There’s nothing he cannot do. When I get to learn from him, when everyone gets to learn from him, that winning level, that meter, is going up in everyone’s mind.” pic.twitter.com/Dj5T8AruWl— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 6, 2020
There is always some semblance of risk in any trade, from the potential of messing up team chemistry to the acquired player not being able to fit in. Igoudala, given his experience and résumé, arguably will be able to make the transition relatively seamless.
The Heat currently reside in the fourth slot in the East with a 34-16 record. Miami’s resurgence as a conference power can mostly be attributed to Butler’s arrival in South Beach, though the arrival of rookie Kendrick Nunn and emergence of former first-round pick Bam Adebayo certainly have played a huge part as well.
Now with Igoudala soon to be officially in the fold, the Heat are poised to do some serious damage in the postseason.