Unexpected Moves the Golden State Warriors Could Make in Free Agency

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Unexpected Moves the Golden State Warriors Could Make in Free Agency
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Don't be surprised if the Warriors make a move for Iguodala

The Golden State Warriors have already been tied to Dwight Howard in rumors, the mercurial center they can't seem to quit despite his injuries and immaturity. 

Going into the offseason, GM Bob Myers knows he has to fill in the bench depth and either re-sign Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry or one or the other. With Festus Ezeli going down for six to nine months with a knee injury, the job becomes harder. 

Myers and consultant Jerry West have done great things with the team's current construction by making a few moves that fans have not seen coming. Granted, the Brandon Rush and Jarrett Jack moves were under the radar at the time, but they've been golden in retrospect. 

The Andrew Bogut and Monta Ellis swap, however, was surprising and a move that paid off in the postseason. Something along those lines could happen again if Myers feels he can acquire a player worth trading for. 

Like most good front offices, we won't know what's happening until it happens—ask Daryl Morey who knew about the James Harden move before it went down. 

 

Sign and Trade for Andre Iguodala

The Denver Nuggets theoretically have the cap room to keep Iguodala to what should result to a max contract but there's a reason why he is testing the free-agent market. 

With the coach and GM gone, the Nuggets could be heading in a different direction. 

If the Warriors want Iggy, and they've been coveting his ability to defend, pass and become their near-superstar for years, they'll need to trade for him. Without the cap room, the Warriors would have to pair a Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes with a David Lee, Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson. 

The Nuggets wouldn't lose Iggy for zilch and the Warriors get their playmaking wing player to pair with Stephen Curry. 

If the Warriors were to give up Thompson and Lee, a starting lineup of Curry/Barnes/Rush/Iguodala/Bogut would represent nightmares for defenses and offenses. 

The spacing without Thompson is still in effect because of Rush's ability to shoot and Lee's lack of paint presence.

Even if the decision comes down to Barnes or Thompson, the Warriors might be willing to give up either. 

The defense is ratcheted up with Rush and Iguodala able to switch all game long, representing a smallball team but not too small where they cannot rebound. 

Size would still be an issue but the Miami Heat made it work by signing big men for pennies on the dollar (see: Chris Anderson). 

 

Buy Into the First Round 

The 2013 NBA Draft isn't very good this year but even without the star power that comes with the yearly influx of young talent, the Warriors can find some depth at the end of the first round. 

In order to do this, they'd have to trade or buy into the first round. If Jack and Landry leave, they do have some cap space to do so.

There aren't any immediate stars but some names to look for if they do trade into the upper rungs of the draft are Shane Larkin, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert or Cody Zeller

The former (Larkin) is an extremely athletic point guard in a deep guard draft and represents the heir to Jack's place as the playmaking backup guard. 

The latter three are three different types of big men but all able to make an immediate impact. Dieng is a long big man who understands the game better than most, able to pass, defend and shoot the ball from the elbow. 

Zeller was perhaps overrated last year but underrated now as he plays like a smaller version of Bogut, an excellent passer with good touch inside the paint. 

The player with the most potential is Gobert, a skinny seven-footer with a wingspan over 7' 8''. He is a project, still only 20, but if developed properly can become a force on defense as well as offense.

Still extremely raw on offense, he would be a long-term investment and risky for a team that can win now. 

 

Do Nothing

With Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and David Lee's contract still on the books, the win-now scenario and cap space in 2014 outlook changes the dynamic with which the Warriors are looking to play this season. 

They can easily go into the luxury tax, risk repeater tax penalties in the future and bring back the band, so to speak, to re-create what they were able to do in the postseason. 

Thus, it wouldn't be surprising if Bob Myers stood pat and let the pieces on the team right now play out.

With Scott Machado and Kent Bazemore representing solid developmental players, Myers can bank on the health of Bogut and Rush, sign a low-risk, high-reward big man like Greg Oden, and play the season out. 

Keep in mind that Bogut, Jefferson and Biedrins are all coming off the books in 2014 and many marquee players are set to become free agents, including LeBron James

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With the Miami Heat seemingly in their last season, don't rule out Myers looking into the future, despite the bright present ahead. 

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