Posted July 07, 2013

Reports: Warriors agree to sign Andre Iguodala, trade three players to Jazz

Andre Iguodala, Andris Biedrins, Ben Golliver, Brandon Rush, Golden State Warriors, Richard Jefferson, Utah Jazz
Andre Iguodala has agreed to a deal with Golden State Warriors

Andre Iguodala (left) has reportedly agreed to sign with the Warriors. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Warriors have agreed to sign unrestricted free agent guard/forward Andre Iguodala to a multi-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Iguodala will receive a four-year, $48 million deal from Golden State. USA Today Sports confirms the terms.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Iguodala told NBA.com. “I’m trying to win a championship.”

To make way for Iguodala’s arrival, the Warriors will trade reserve forward Richard Jefferson and reserve center Andris Biedrins to the Jazz, according to NBA.com and the San Jose Mercury News. The Mercury News and CBSSports.com reported that forward Brandon Rush was also headed to the Jazz . Yahoo! Sports reports that Utah will send guard Kevin Murphy to Golden State and receive “multiple draft picks,” including a first-round pick in 2014 and 2017, in exchange for taking on the contracts.

The free-agent negotiating period opened on Monday. Contracts can’t officially be signed and trades can’t officially be consummated until July 10.

Iguodala’s departure continues a summer of massive change in Denver: 2013 Coach of the Year George Karl was fired and 2013 Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri left for the Raptors.

In recent weeks, the Warriors had been seen as one of five suitors for Lakers free-agent center Dwight Howard — along with the Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks — but dumping the expiring contracts of Jefferson and Biedrins could complicate potential sign-and-trade scenarios. Golden State still has center Andrew Bogut, on an expiring contract, and youngsters Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes to offer the Lakers, assuming Howard wants to head north and L.A. is willing to participate in a sign-and-trade.

Iguodala, 29, averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals last season. He reportedly received a four-year, $50+ million offer from the Kings earlier this week, only to have it yanked hours later.

Jefferson, 33, averaged 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 56 appearances last season. He is entering the final season of a contract that will pay him $11 million.

Biedrins, 27, averaged 0.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 53 appearances last season. He is entering the final season of a contract that will pay him $9 million.

Rush, 27, holds career averages of 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds over five seasons with the Pacers and Warriors. He played just two games last year due to a season-ending knee injury. He is entering the final season of a contract that will pay him $4 million.

Murphy, 23, averaged 0.9 points in 17 games last season. His contract for next season is non-guaranteed as long as he is waived by August 1.

The Warriors eliminated the Nuggets in the first round of the 2013 Western Conference playoffs.

GOLDEN STATE — Grade: A-

Just when it looked like the contracts for Jefferson and Biedrins would prevent the Warriors from “taking the next step” in the postseason hierarchy, Golden State managed to dump both and acquire an All-Star caliber talent in return. The two first-round picks are a real cost, one that prevents this from being an A+ deal, but they are a reasonable expense to make this serious talent grab. Also lost in this shuffle are Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, two key role players during last season’s playoff run, who agreed to sign with Cleveland and Sacramento, respectively, once the Warriors went all-in on Iguodala. The Warriors surely entered the offseason knowing they couldn’t keep the whole band together, and they acted swiftly and creatively to make sure they didn’t regress.

Iguodala is a player worthy of the costs mentioned. One of the league’s elite perimeter defenders, he is also an excellent finisher in transition and should mesh well with his new Warriors teammates. He helped the Nuggets markedly improve their team defensive numbers in his one season in Denver and he joins a Golden State roster that’s teeming with offensive talent and that can always use another stopper. Between Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, the Warriors now have three versatile wings that can defend multiple positions and that can be used interchangeably. Offensively, Iguodala should be able to get in where he fits in, allowing Stephen Curry and David Lee to remain as focal points.

The terms here, which are less than Sacramento’s yanked offer to Iguodala and less than Denver’s reported offer to keep him, are very good. This deal will carry the durable Iguodala through the rest of his prime.

UTAH — Grade: B-

Who could possibly have seen this coming? Utah’s summer took an unexpected turn, as management allowed both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to sign as free agents, with Charlotte and Atlanta respectively, while using the resulting cap space to take on the contracts of Richard Jefferson, Biedrins and Rush. Those incoming dollars — $24 million in total — don’t matter all that much. All three contracts expire next summer and won’t prevent the Jazz from their ultimate goals next season: developing their young core and positioning themselves nicely for the 2014 draft. Rush should be able to contribute in a solid rotation role, which is a nice bonus. Still, the Jazz appear to be overpaying for their new picks, even if you leave Rush out of it and acknowledge that a pick in next year’s draft must come at a premium price. Golden State’s pick should land somewhere in the 20s in 2014: that’s a nice pick but not a home run.

The assumption is that the Jazz never found the right trade offer for Al Jefferson or Millsap this summer and, rather than settle, they decided to maximize their long-term flexibility as they go through the process of finding out which of their many youngsters can evolve into building blocks. One just wonders whether there was a deal to be struck at some point over the last 18 months that could have resulted in a direct return of assets. Hanging onto both Al Jefferson and Millsap through a year-plus of trade rumors, only to see them walk out the door uncompensated with no postseason success to show for it, seems like a lost opportunity.

25 comments
mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

Howard will buckle over in Houston, at least until he learns how to shoot free throws.

6marK6
6marK6

Warriors are going to break some teeth next year.

noodlez
noodlez

NICE MOVE! GOLDEN STATE JUST GOT SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER.

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

"Rush, 27, holds career averages of 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds over five seasons with the Pacers and Warriors. He played just two games last year due to a season-ending knee injury. He is entering the final season of a contract that will pay him $24 million."

 I'm going to assume that was supposed to be $2.4 million, haha.

 Good move for the warriors. They still have potential to sign Dwight with a Barnes/Bogut scenario with some filler/picks. They'd be foolish to trade Klay - he's the second biggest reason Dwight would sign - the first, of course, being Stephen Curry. Orlando hey-days all over again being surrounded by 3pt guys. An elbow-functioning PF would be ideal to add, a David West-lite type.

 Ultimately they should be interesting this year. Looks like Jack is hitting the road - Iggy will take his ball handling duties and crunch time minutes.

sbrown823
sbrown823

On another note, let's look at the level of Dwight's decision making and loyalty:  (and let me preface this by saying that I one time I defended Dwight tenaciously online against his critics, but I'm over his immaturity):

* Signed opt in with Magic because they told him he would be a Laker at the end of the day if he didn't.

* Next year forces trade to Lakers.   WTF?  He could have went the year before by simply opting out.

* Before trade to Lakers, Houston and Golden State were interested but Dwight made it clear that he would not resign with either team if traded there.

* This year, top teams in running for Dwight are Houston and Golden State.   Again, WTF?  He could have went to either team last year.

* Playoff elimination game.  Kobe out with injury.   Nash out with injury.  World Peace out with injury.  Gasol trying to play through an injury.  Dwight runs his mouth and gets teched out of the game.  IN A PLAYOFF ELIMINATION GAME!  WTF?  That's leadership?

Dwight is never going to have a situation as good as what he had in Orlando, with perfect role players to complement his skill and a coach that wasn't afraid to treat him like a player instead of a diva.  If Otis hadn't stupidly blown up the 2009 squad and ruined the chemistry, the team might have won a championship or two by now.

sbrown823
sbrown823

Warriors sent out $23 mil, brought back  $12 by signing Iggy.  That's a difference of $11; if they can move Bogut for draft choices, that another $14 mil.   Plenty of money to sign Dwight to max.  Not a bad deal even without getting Dwight; they've got two bigs in the paint who can score, rebound and defend  with Bogut and Lee, two lights out shooters on the perimeter with Curry and Thompson and a defensive terror at SF with Iggy.  Harrison comes off the bench.  If they can resign Jack and Landry to go with Harrison, that's a pretty decent second unit right there if Festus can keep out of foul trouble and Machado can just bring the ball up the court.  Lee can also play C with the second unit if need be.


Do they even need Dwight and the potential for drama that he brings?

dreammerchant
dreammerchant

I dont understand the trade with the Jazz, how do the Warriors get nothing in return?

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

"i'm trying to win a championship." PULEESE! You went after the money from a desperate team Andre. The Nuggets made the smart move, not offering Iguodala stupid money for a role player.

Josh H
Josh H

@Skins'Fan 24 million total over the life of the contract.  Not 24 million for next year.

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@sbrown823 There's no way that team would have won anything, not as they all grew a year older. Or do you forget it took a 40/15 game from Dwight to even make it into the Finals? Assuming everything would have happened with the Heat regardless then, furthermore, no hope to make the Finals. They'd still be functioning like the Knicks... Thinking their a player away but, in reality, a makeover away.

kdbarbershop
kdbarbershop

@sbrown823 Bogut cannot score. Did you see the series against SA? He was passing up 5 footers! Not missing them, Bogut was passing from that distance, not shooting. But when he did shoot, he missed. Plus, injuries will stop Bogut from playing a full season. Thay always do. Any deal with the Lakers must include Bogut and probably Klay Thompson. No way they should ship Harrison Barnes! 

magicalhorton
magicalhorton

Dwight seems like a prima donna nutcase, and his game isn't nearly what it was before the injury, but I still think if you can essentially flip Bogut for Dwight, you do so based on talent alone. Not that Bogut isn't a nice defensive player and all, but his offense has NEVER been the same since that elbow thing, and that was years ago.

magicalhorton
magicalhorton

@sbrown823  

Yes they need Dwight, even after a serious back injury he is more durable than Bogut.

 Also, Lee is one of the worst defenders in the league. Do your research on that one.

eddie767
eddie767

@dreammerchant after the center,name escapes my mind,agreed with Bobcats,they had around 24-25 mil.in cap space.

magicalhorton
magicalhorton

@dreammerchant  

Jazz must have had a lot of cap space, which makes sense after Jefferson left. The warriors made the deal to dump contracts.

kdbarbershop
kdbarbershop

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Sacramento was offering more. So it wasn't the money. The Warriors could have been in the final if they'd had a center that could score points. Bringing in Andre, shows Dwight Howard that the team is committed to making the final next year.

ZachBregman
ZachBregman

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius A desperate team that defeated the favored nuggets in the playoffs and then scared the Spurs in the second round? And on what planet is Iguodala a role player? The nuggets would have jumped at the chance to sign Iggy to this kind of deal if he would have let them. 

magicalhorton
magicalhorton

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius  

That is a flatly idiotic statement, as the warriors were semi competitive with the spurs last year and they just shed the expiring years of Biedrein's and Jefferson's terrible contract's, in return for Iguodola, who they can start if they want. Iggy had a down year last year, but you don't think at 12 mil Iggy is a better bargain then those two guys(who they barely played) at TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS? You are an idiot. Whether the four year 12 mil a year commitment will be worth it I don't know, but the point I made cannot be argued. He is a huge upgrade. WilyCoyote super moron.

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

@Josh H @Skins'Fan Rush's contract is 2 years for 8 million. He is owed 4 million this year. The author accidentally added a 2 before the 4. All of the other salaries listed are what the player will be payed for this upcoming season.

sbrown823
sbrown823

@magicalhorton @sbrown823 Lee did OK in NY as a defender and the rebounding level isn't that much of a drop off between the two.  Yes, Dwight is the pre-eminent defender in the league.  But again, do you need the drama on a team that is clearly already on the rise without him?  It's pretty clear that Dwight cops an attitude if he isn't the focus of the team.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

 Magicalhorton

I agree with your reasoning.  But you could have said the same thing without saying his comment was idiotic and that he was a super moron.

If you make your point well enough, with facts and reason, those reading will know and come to the conclusion that your points and comments were better and more valid.

Name calling simply takes away from your points to many people as they quite reading or discount an individual that has to resort to name calling like children do.

Your argument is better.  Let your point rest on your facts.