Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Andre Iguodala Officially A Golden State Warrior

Andre Iguodala is now officially a member of the Golden State Warriors. The team Tweet went a little somethin' like thiiiisss.
Golden St. Warriors ‏@warriors 1h (2:30ish PST)
NOW OFFICIAL: Andre Iguodala (@andre) is a Warrior. Details:
The picture is doctored. If 'dre has worn a GS uni. he certainly hasn't been sweating in one yet!
“Andre Iguodala was a free agent that we targeted from Day 1 and we are thrilled that he chose to join our team,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “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. Additionally, he will serve as a great asset to our young team as we continue to grow and develop in the coming years.” The deal is worth $48 million over four years. (Courting since day 1? I thought Dwight Howard was)
The Warriors acquired 'Dre in a three-team trade sign and trade deal. Its complicated, but the Warriors were looking to get rid of high saleries of Richard Jefferson ($11 million), Andris Biedrins ($9 million) and Brandon Rush. The Utah Jazz agreed to do that but in exchange are getting the Warriors first round picks in 2014 and 2017. AND second round picks in 2016 and 2017. The Nuggets received Randy Foye in a sign-and-trade with Utah with the Jazz receiving a 2018 second-round pick. Sounds like a high price to pay until you consider Iguodala's worth.
Richard Jefferson
The 29 year-old is a nine-year vet.  He has averaged 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.74 steals in 37.4 minutes per game over 695 regular-season contests (all starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets. Picture Iguodala on the floor with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and David Lee. Oh and don't forget that Draymond Green, Jermaine O'Neal (another off season pick up) Harrison Barnes, and newly acquired Marreese Speights are coming off the bench. The Warriors were the only playoff team in the western conference to defeat the eventual confernce champs, the San Antonio Spurs. This new team looks even better!

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