On Monday, Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News wrote of Iguodala: "If he and Myers can nail down the salary numbers and length, and if Durant's deal means the Warriors can maintain Iguodala's Bird Rights, then this is basically a done deal."
Kevin Durant is a key figure in general manager Bob Myers' negotiations with Iguodala.
Kawakami explained Durant—who has an opt-out clause on his two-year deal he signed last offseason—could seek a max deal of approximately $36 million for next season. Since Golden State doesn't own his Bird Rights, that would mean it would have to free plenty of cap space, which "would include the renouncing of Iguodala and Shaun Livingston."
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However, if Durant takes just a 20 percent raise from his $26.5 million salary in 2016-17 (to $31.8 million), the Warriors could use the Bird Rights to bring back Iguodala and Livingston.
Kawakami granted this would represent a financial sacrifice for Durant but added it could create the opportunity "for another two-year deal with a one-year opt-out, and then he could go for a monster long-term deal after next season."
Stephen Curry is also set to be a free agent this offseason, but the Warriors own his Bird Rights and can pay him approximately $75 million more than any other club, per Kawakami.
It is hard to argue with the on-court results in Golden State considering it reached two straight Finals and won one without Durant. It also finished with the NBA's best record of 67-15 this season even though Durant played just 62 games because of injury.
Durant is 28 years old and Curry is 29, and they could theoretically continue racking up impressive win totals for the foreseeable future. Iguodala is an ideal complementary piece, and the Warriors should do what they can to re-sign him.
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