The Golden State Warriors were hoping to make a big splash in free agency in order to improve on their stellar 2012-13 NBA season. Obviously, most people with interest in the organization were hoping to land center Dwight Howard, who was widely considered the top free agent this summer before he agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets. However, the Warriors will certainly settle for shooting guard Andre Iguodala.
The 29-year-old signed a four-year, $48 million deal with Golden State after the organization traded three players to the Utah Jazz to clear cap space. There is no question Iguodala pairing up with point guard Stephen Curry, who is quickly becoming one of the best in the business, has the potential to be a lethal combination for the Warriors. Throw in David Lee and Andrew Bogut and Golden State certainly has all of the necessary pieces to become contenders in the Western Conference for years to come.
Iguodala had plenty of big offers from teams such as the Sacramento Kings. However, his biggest concern was playing with a team that could compete for a NBA Championship. The good news for him is that he got everything he could have asked for with Golden State. Not only is he getting paid $12 million per season to perform his dream job, but also he has a realistic chance at getting a ring in the process.
Obviously, some factors must be weighed in before people start talking about the Warriors being the class of the West. With that being said, there is no doubt they are on their way after their most recent acquisition.