By Mike Fisher and Josh Clark
To this point, Dallas has offered Memphis a second round pick and Courtney Lee's $12.7 million expiring contract in exchange for Iggy and his $17.1 million expiring deal. The Grizzlies, however, aren't keen on taking on a large portion of Lee's deal, sources say.
In order to take the burden off of Memphis, the Mavericks could offer them $5 million in cash as a sweetener, thus saving the Grizzlies $9.4 million from where it currently stands ($5 mil from Dallas and $4.4 mil being the difference between Lee and Iggy).
Memphis acquired Iguodala and a first round pick in a trade with Golden State last week, so the idea that they could get another pick and off-load his large salary for a smaller amount of money should be considered "a win" for them. From the Mavericks standpoint, the addition of Iguodala, a 15-year veteran, is "a win" for them as it fills a major hole at the wing spot on the team's roster.
Iggy isn't the same player he was with the Sixers or in his first several seasons with the Warriors, but he's still a very solid defender and can provide veteran leadership on a team filled with younger players.
Should Dallas not be able to reach an agreement with Memphis, they can look at other ways to acquire talent by dumping Lee's contract. Sources tell 105.3 The Fan that Dallas has in recent weeks been close to unloading Lee on a few occasions, including an almost-done deal on NBA Draft night.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks finalized Maxi Kleber's new contract Wednesday, leaving them with a $12.1 million Traded Player Exception to acquire another player. Per league rules, the Mavs are unable to combine Lee's contract with the TPE, so they essentially could get Iguodala PLUS one.
Danilo Gallinari, Andre Roberson, Dion Waiters, Gorgui Dieng and Robert Covington are some of the names we're keeping tabs on.