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

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

His return is No. 14 on the team’s roster heading into training camp. According to Iguodala, this will be his last season.

“I’m going to blame a couple of people,” Iguodala joked about his decision. “Steph Curry is one person I blame. But as a group, I blame Steph and Draymond [Green] and Clay [Thompson]. Steve [Kerr] a little bit, Bob Myers, I think they just showed me a lot of love. They helped me see my presence beyond the physicality of playing basketball, but I think Steve was also a big culprit: ‘We need you on the court.’ Draymond was big on that, too.”

The Warriors had kept Iguodala on the roster for him all offseason, trying not to pressure him into making a decision. Warriors general manager Myers said there were no trades coming his way over the summer that would cause the team to rush Iguodala.

Iguodala said he was retired for most of the summer, but after conversations with his teammates, Warriors staff and family, he decided to return.

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

“There’s so much he does off the field and a lot he does off the field,” Myers said in a news conference Thursday. “And it’s really hard to find that kind of stability and leadership in a team that he’s involved in. Even for Steve and myself, I can go talk to Andre, he just knows. He’s really smart. He knows our team. He’s a true professional. . . He understands the league. He’s seen a lot. He’s played I don’t know how many finals, it’s crazy. He’s someone you want around you.”

“I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m on [Jonathan] Kuminga, Moses Moody,” Iguodala said on the podcast. “I’ll be on the young guys and let them know when I get on that court, you’re not doing anything right. Under no circumstances should you allow me to enter the field.”

Iguodala said he returned to Golden State last year to help the team to its fourth title in eight years and cement Curry’s legacy. Iguodala was ready to hang it up after that, but the Finals MVP told a teammate he needed him again.

“I’ll let you know, Steph,” Iguodala said, looking straight into the camera. “This is the last one.”