Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks relishes chance to play Andre Iguodala after trade

Were Brooks' comments about Iguodala out of line? (0:28)

Jay Williams reacts to Dillon Brooks' comments that he can't wait for the Grizzlies to trade Andre Iguodala. (0:28)

Andre Iguodala hasn't played a minute for the surprising Memphis Grizzlies this season, and once Thursday's NBA trade deadline has passed, there's a good chance that he never will.

Dillon Brooks is among those in Memphis hoping that's the case.

With the deadline looming, the third-year guard didn't mince words when asked about speculation that Iguodala will be moved.

"A guy that's on our team doesn't want to be on our team," Brooks said after scoring 15 points in a 96-82 victory over Detroit on Monday. "I can't wait until we find a way to trade him so we can play him, and I can show him what really Memphis is about."

At least two of Brooks' teammates appeared to agree with the comments.

Star rookie Ja Morant reacted with a shouting emoji on Twitter, and guard De'Anthony Melton posted a shrugging emoji. Melton has since turned his account private.

Iguodala's former Golden State teammate Stephen Curry also appeared to join the conversation, adding to his Instagram story a post-NBA championship photo of Iguodala with a "shush emoji."

Not to be outdone, Morant posted a picture of former Warrior Kevin Durant holding up one of his Finals MVP trophies.

Iguodala hasn't played for the Grizzlies this season. Last summer, the Warriors sent the veteran swingman -- who is making $17.2 million in the final year of his contract -- and a lightly protected 2024 first-round pick to the rebuilding Grizzlies because Golden State needed to shed his salary to execute a three-team, sign-and-trade deal for All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell.

With Iguodala away from the team, the Grizzlies have emerged as one of the surprises of the 2019-20 season. Monday's win over the Pistons pushed them back up to .500 (25-25), and they hold a two-game lead over Portland for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

"Andre Iguodala is a great player," Brooks said. "I feel like he's doing the right thing for his career, but we don't really care.

"It's not a distraction at all. I laugh at that type of stuff."