It’s official – Andre Iguodala is a Warrior
The trade deal initially took root after the Warriors reached an agreement on a four-year, $48 million contract with unrestricted free agent Iguodala last week.
"Iguodala was a free agent that we targeted from Day 1 and we are thrilled that he chose to join our team," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Wednesday. "His versatility as a player should help us tremendously on both sides of the court and we feel that his specific, unique skill set blends very well with the players already on our roster."
As part of the deal, the Warriors sent forward Richard Jefferson, center Andris Biedrins and guard/forward Brandon Rush to the Jazz. The Jazz also acquired two future first round picks (2014 and 2017), two future-second round (2016 and 2017) draft picks and cash considerations from the Warriors. In turn, the Warriors will be only taking back guard Kevin Murphy and his non-guaranteed $788,000 deal, originally signed with the Jazz.
Jefferson, Biedrins and were owed $11 million, $9 million and $4 million over the final years of the deals, part of which the Warriors were able to roll into trade exceptions. This move provides the Warriors with additional salary cap flexibility, under the NBA’s complicated system.
The Jazz also acquired the Nuggets’ second-round pick in 2018 while parting with guard Randy Foye (who went to the Nuggets in a sign-and-trade deal).
After Iguodala became a free agent, the Nuggets finally agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will give the Warriors the salary cap flexibility to add Iguodala to their roster, while the Nuggets got something in return too. By signing Iguodala first and then shipping him off to the Warriors, the Nuggets will get a trade exception – possibly around $9 million – which they can use anytime next year.
Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds while both forward and guard in 80 total games for the Nuggets last season. He also started all of the Nuggets’ six games in the opening round of the playoffs.