Andre Iguodala had been on the Warriors radar for the past few seasons and this week they were finally able to obtain him, though it did come at a price.
On the surface, when looking at the players the Warriors let go in order
to clear the space to give Iggy his 4 year, $48 million deal, you'd
think Golden State came out with a flat out steal. They were able to
convince the Utah Jazz to take on the expiring contracts of Andris
Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush, none of whom played a
significant role in the Warriors playoff run last season. Rush probably
would have been a key cog had it not been for the injury that knocked
him out before the season even began, but Jeff and Biedrins were hardly
used throughout the '12-'13 campaign. However, the Jazz weren't just
going to take on those bad contracts without the Warriors giving up
something, and they were able to get two future Warrior first round
picks, and two second rounders as well. Now, the Warriors brass is
hoping that this is the beginning of some sort of dynasty that will put
the Dubs in the playoffs for years to come, as they've built a sound
young nucleus and should only get better over the next couple of years,
but still, two first rounders could end up being a steep price to pay.
Nonetheless, I give the move an A because they were able to turn that
cap space into a player that makes this team a whole helluva lot better.
Though they still get out and run, and can put points on the board, the
Warriors have changed their identity under Coach Jackson as one of the
tougher defending teams in the league. With the direction Jackson has this
team going, Iguodala makes perfect sense. He's an all-league defender,
in the prime of his career, and certainly has the ability to get out and
run and knock down the 3-pointer, all qualities which should play
greatly with this young Warriors squad. Just look at what he did in the
series between Denver and Golden State in April: 18 ppg, 8 rpg, 5.5
assists, 2 steals and a 48% mark on 3-point attempts. With the Warriors
brass already interested in him, I'm sure his showing in that series
just pushed him over the top in their eyes. The only question the 'Dubs
now have to deal with though, is how exactly they'll divide playing time
between Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and their new $48M weapon. There
had been rumblings of the Warriors possibly including either Barnes or
Thompson with Andrew Bogut in a trade with the Lakers to get Dwight
Howard, but with Howard landing in Houston, that's no longer an option.
It's hardly a bad problem to have though if your the Warriors. Most
likely, someone will have to come off the bench in a 6th man role, but
either way, all 3 of those guys should be getting 30+ minutes a night.
I'm sure that whoever the hot hand is will see a little more PT, but my
guess is that Iguodala would be the Warriors 6th man if there are no
other significant moves made with the returning starting 5. This signing
also precludes the Warriors from being able to retain Jarrett Jack and
Carl Landry which is a bit of a blow to the overall team depth,
especially the way Jack played down the stretch and in the playoffs, but
one thing the Warriors have had success with over the years is finding
suitable backup point guards and I think
Bob Myers will do that again this summer.