Barring a trade, Andre Iguodala knows where he'll be playing basketball for the next four years.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 5:36 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
The Warriors made Iguodala's signing official on Wednesday via Twitter:
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According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the swingman signed a deal with the Golden State Warriors:
Andre Igoudala has reached agreement with Golden State on a four year, $48 million deal with the Warriors, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2013
To create the cap space to sign Iguodala, the Warriors unloaded Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson, who both had expensive expiring contracts, to the Utah Jazz, according to Wojnarowski:
Also, @daldridgetnt reports Andris Biedrins will join Jefferson with the Jazz.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2013
Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that Brandon Rush is also part of the trade to Utah:
Brandon Rush is the third player going to Utah in the Jefferson-Biedrins salary dump, league source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 5, 2013
In return, the Jazz will get multiple draft picks, according to Wojnarowski:
Golden State is sending multiple draft picks to Utah to unload the $24 million, including 2014 first-rounder, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2013
The 29-year-old Iguodala had another good all-around season in 2012-13, his first with the Denver Nuggets. He averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the glue man in the Nuggets' balanced attack.
His versatility makes him one of the more respected two-way players in the NBA. At 6'6", 210 pounds, with long arms and great athleticism, Iguodala is a defensive stopper, playmaker and dangerous finisher in transition.
Being a valuable piece of the 2012 gold medal team at the London Olympics didn't hurt his reputation either.
Iguodala did not exercise his player option at the end of the regular season. In doing so, he walked away from a guaranteed $16,154,750 for the 2013-14 season.
How will Iguodala perform after signing this deal?
Fresh off a successful season in Denver, the one-time All-Star instead elected to go for the security of a long-term deal.
Iguodala's intentions were never a secret. He maintained that he would at least test the market all season.
Even though he may be taking a pay cut for the 2013-14 season, in the long run he could be securing more cash. Had he not elected to exercise his right to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of last season, he could have gotten hurt or simply had a poor year.
Either instance would have negatively impacted his market value after the 2013-14 season.
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