Count Andre Iguodala among those who think Warriors guard Stephen Curry shouldn’t return this season from a broken left hand that has sidelined him since late October.
“I think he needs to get a real break in terms of being able to relax,” Iguodala said Friday morning on ESPN’s “First Take.” “That long run, it’s mental reasons. Marshawn Lynch mentioned it, you’ve got to get your mentals right. … I think it’s good for him mentally to be able to step away, get a nice breather. He’s going to come back on a wrath next year.”
Iguodala was traded to the Grizzlies in July after six seasons with the Warriors, but he worked out an arrangement with Memphis that allows him to sit out as the team tries to trade him. He has stayed in the Bay Area and kept in close contact with Curry.
“The Olympics can be his rhythm going right into the season,” Iguodala said, referencing Curry’s intention to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. “That’ll get him right where he needs to be. Steve Kerr said it: He’s going to be able to shoot until he’s 89, so that’s not going anywhere anytime soon.”
Curry, for his part, would like to come back this season. He has progressed to on-court work and is eyeing a return for sometime in March.
Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @Con_Chron