It’s not what the Golden State Warriors growing fan base wants to hear, but the Andre Iguodala signing is going to stunt the growth of up-and-coming star Harrison Barnes. Reports say that Golden State has agreed to sign Iguodala to a four-year deal worth $48 million. Iggy spent all of last season with the Denver Nuggets where he averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 assists per contest in 2012.
There is no doubting that the small forward is a play-maker, but the question is where Warriors head coach Mark Jackson plans on fitting Iguodala. If this were last offseason, the move would be incredible although, Harrison Barnes is now in the mix for Golden State, so the Warriors need to have a different outlook on their team needs. At 21-years-old, Barnes is an exuberant talent who just needs some time to mature on and off of the court. Anyone who saw the Warriors go on their 2013 postseason run and challenge the San Antonio Spurs for the Western Conference title knows just how integral No. 40 was to the teams success.
With that being said, the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft could easily be on his way out of Golden State, considering the logjam at small forward that the Iguodala signing creates. For me, bringing a soon-to-be 30 year old to replace a young and budding star like Barnes seems like a very counter-intuitive move.