Warriors Trade Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to Jazz

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IJuly 5, 2013

The Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz have reportedly agreed to a trade that would send expiring contracts to the Jazz and give the Warriors a chance to complete a deal for a player they've had their eye on for quite some time. 

And that player is not free-agent center Dwight Howard, but rather Andre Iguodala.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Jazz and the Warriors have agreed on the framework of a deal that would send Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins to Utah:

Jefferson ($11 million) and Biedrins ($9 million) will both be in the final year of their contracts during the 2013-14 season. According to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, Brandon Rush and the final year of his $4 million salary will also be going to Utah:

Wojnarowski is also reporting that multiple picks are headed to Utah in exchange for the right to dump $24 million in salary on the Jazz:

According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the Jazz will send 2012 draft pick Kevin Murphy to Golden State as part of the deal:

In a corresponding move, the Warriors have also reportedly agreed to sign former Denver Nuggets guard/forward Iguodala to a four-year contract worth $48 million with the cap space they created (per Wojnarowski).

Wojnarowski initially thought the move would take the Warriors out of the running for Howard, but he changed his tune soon after:

NBA.com's David Aldridge spoke with Iguodala shortly after the news of his signing was made public, and he didn't suggest the Warriors had given up on Howard:

By creating cap space and signing a player who is considered one of the best wing defenders in basketball, the Warriors have set themselves up to complete a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A combination of Andrew Bogut and one of their two young wings (Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes) could entice the Lakers if Howard informs L.A. management he wants to play in the Bay Area. 

In short, this could be just the beginning of a flurry of moves to come for the Warriors. 

Jefferson and Biedrins were both fringe rotation players for Mark Jackson last season. Jefferson played in 56 games (one start) and averaged 3.1 points per game. Biedrins played in 53 games (nine starts), averaging 0.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. 

Rush played in just two games for the Dubs during the 2012-13 season before tearing his ACL. 

Murphy was Utah's second-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft. 


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