SAN FRANCISCO - Golden State forward Andre Iguodala completed an individual workout pain-free on Saturday and is close to being cleared to return for the NBA Finals, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Monday.
It is unclear whether Iguodala can join Golden State’s active roster in time for Game 3 at Cleveland on Wednesday. According to Haynes, Iguodala sprinted full speed without pain, one of the prerequisites for head coach Steve Kerr to consider putting him on the court during the NBA Finals.
Officially, Iguodala’s status remains questionable, but Kerr is expected to provide an update Tuesday. Iguodala suffered a bone bruise in his left knee during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals and has missed six consecutive games.
Kerr said after Game 2 that the Warriors are “optimistic” Iguodala will play “at some point in this series. He has gotten better gradually, but there’s no way of knowing for sure at this point,” Kerr said Sunday.
Pistons like Casey, Beilein
In a sign the Detroit Pistons may be narrowing their coaching search to two candidates, the team desires “further conversations” with former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey and University of Michigan coach John Beilein, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pistons parted ways with GM Jeff Bower on Friday, leaving the search for a new coach and a new GM to Ed Stefanski, hired as a senior adviser to owner Tom Gores last week. Per Wojnarowski, both Casey and Beilein have already interviewed with Detroit. The club also interviewed former Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd on Saturday, according to Yahoo Sports. Kidd was let go by the Bucks during the season.
The team is a month removed from firing Stan Van Gundy as both head coach and president of basketball operations. The Pistons have recorded just one winning season in the past 10 years.