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In July, Myers brought his first big-name free agent to Golden State when the team maneuvered to sign Andre Iguodala.
It is worth noting here that while the Bay Area is a great place to live, it can be a tough sell to NBA free agents. San Francisco's highest earners are taxed 12 percent, as compared to some states like Florida with no income tax, and does not offer the same extracurricular financial opportunities as big market Los Angeles.
Couple that with the fact that the Dubs entered the summer of 2013 with virtually no wiggle room in the cramped NBA salary cap elevator, and many expected the Warriors to stay on the same floor.
To get Iguodala, the Warriors had to first convince Iggy that he should play in San Francisco. His recently exposed “nerdiness” surely helped.
Then they had to find the room to sign him. Cue a three-way sign-and-trade.
According to ESPN.com, "Golden State cleared more than $24 million by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Jazz along with four draft picks and cash." They were able to sign Iguodala to a four-year $48 million deal.
"The Warriors will be able to roll part of the salaries of Jefferson ($11 million), Biedrins ($9 million) and Rush ($4 million) into trade exceptions, which allow teams to exceed the salary cap under the NBA's complicated system."
Since I don’t have any idea what that means, I assume that means Myers did a good job.
In an interview with Sporting News, Myers said that the deal was hard to make mainly because it was hard to find the cap room needed with which to sign Iguodala.
“Andre was still a longshot, too,” Myers told Sporting News. “And it looked like more of a longshot as we were going through the process. I remember walking into my house late at night, just about every night that week, and telling my wife, ‘This is disappointing because no one cares about the work you put in, they just care about the result.’ We were ready to not get the result. You can say you tried really hard, but no one wants to hear that. Many times it looked futile. I killed it, five, 10, 20 different times. I said, ‘We’re not getting him, we can’t do it.’”
With Myers, the Warriors have NBA Finals aspirations and the fans have hope. With a top six of Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes, Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut, Myers has put a deep and balanced squad on the floor that can hang with anyone in the NBA.