The Golden State Warriors have signed Andre Iguodala and they may not be done.
The move to bring in the star forward could be a sign that the Warriors are out of the chase for Dwight Howard, but it very well could be the first addition of talent before a monumental sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors don't have the cap space to sign Howard, but it sets up Golden State to trade pieces such as Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to the Lakers and still maintain enough talent to be a contender.
Warriors can't sign Howard outright, but they can still acquire him in S&T. Now, they're more attractive and Harrison Barnes is expendable.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2013
The combination of Howard, Iguodala and Stephen Curry certainly creates a team that can compete for the West’s crown for the next four seasons.
Howard still needs to make his decision, and this could be a sign that the Warriors either believe Howard is coming or they are out of the running.
At this point, it’s just conjecture.
Either way, the Warriors did improve their team by dumping salary.
To sign Iguodala to the four-year, $48 million deal, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the Warriors had to shed expiring contracts. They did so by trading the expiring contracts of Andris Biedrins ($11 million), Richard Jefferson ($9 million) and Brandon Rush ($4 million) along with future draft picks to the Utah Jazz.
Golden State will send first-round picks in 2014 and 2017 to the Jazz, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2013
The Warriors currently are sitting at $56.1 million for 2013-14 (not including non-guaranteed contracts), according to Hoopsworld.
Even if they just end up with Iguodala and Howard is not acquired, the Warriors still significantly improved their roster. Iguodala is the perfect defensive stopper and athletic slasher the team needs. He can also help move the ball to shooters.
The Warriors did have to renounce both Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry and, as Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports, Golden State can no longer afford either now.
The other key element to this is why would Iguodala ink a deal with the Warriors for less money than what was offered to stay in Denver?
Wojnarowski reported that Denver offered Iguodala a 4-year, $52M deal in addition to a five-year scenario prior to his acceptance of the Warriors deal. He apparently wants to play in the Bay Area, and maybe he knows something bigger is coming.
Also, the Warriors under general manager Bob Myers are incredibly protective of valuable draft picks. Not sure they would have gone this hard after Iguodala if it didn't mean bringing Howard.
The Rockets haven't been able to gain a second superstar in addition to James Harden to arrange what would be a super trio with Howard.
Now, the Warriors have.