So Long, Dwight: Golden State Warriors Dump $24 Million in Salary to Bring in Andre Iguodala
The Golden State Warriors, like the rest of us, were apparently sick of all the Dwight Howard drama happening this week and have moved on by making an enormous set of moves to bolster their roster. Without giving up Andrew Bogut or David Lee, the Warriors have brought in Andre Iguodala — all made possible by the Utah Jazz.
Utah agreed to take on the contracts of Andris Biedrins, Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson — totaling over $24 million — which allowed the Warriors to go after Iguodala.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors have coveted Iguodala for quite some time now.
Warriors have been trying to get contracts off for a long time — do covet Andre Iguodala — and activity may still be unrelated to Howard.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2013
What is so incredibly amazing about this scenario is that the Warriors did it without losing Bogut or Lee. With that said, the Warriors have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, Lee and Bogut on the roster.
Somewhere in Colorado Howard is having second thoughts — the Warriors just became a legitimate threat to whatever team he winds up on.
Iguodala also received interest from both the Sacramento Kings — who withdrew a large offer two days ago — and the Denver Nuggets. Denver offered Iguodala a four year deal worth $52 million, again per Wojnarowski. It may say a lot about what Denver is up to that he chose the Warriors offer over Denver’s, losing out on an extra $4 million.
The Warriors just made the first enormous splash of the 2013 NBA Free Agency period — sorry Charlotte Bobcats fans — and it is only just beginning. It will be interesting to watch now, as this could surely mean the Howard situation has been mutually thought to be over by several general managers. Let the free agency period officially begin.