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Warriors talk with Howard, Iguodala; sign of changing culture

Jul 2, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

Joe Lacob, David Stern, Ed Lee, Peter Guber AP

The Golden State Warriors have next to zero chance of landing Dwight Howard. They knew it when they asked to meet, Howard knew it. Convincing the Lakers to do a sign-and-trade that makes the Warriors a contender for years to come is next to impossible. But Howard was interested in what Golden State was building and the Warriors wanted the meeting.

Golden State also had a meeting in Los Angeles with Andre Iguodala. It was kind of the same situation — you can see the fit on the court but this would have to be a big sign-and-trade that Denver likely wants no part of. But both sides took the meeting.

What does Golden State get out of all this?

It’s all part of changing the culture.

Golden State was as poorly run a franchise you could find for a couple of decades — they made the playoffs once in the 18 seasons before this last one.

New owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob set about changing the culture of the franchise. They brought in the highly-respected Jerry West to the front office. They went way out of the box with Mark Jackson as the coach. They have talked about a new arena on the San Francisco waterfront. They wisely want to do everything different than their predecessor.

And that includes spend money — and let fans know they are willing to spend it. That they are willing to go after the best players available.

So even if you have no real shot at Howard or Iguodala, you go in the room and pitch to them how good things are and how they fit in. The fans appreciate it. Future free agents (and their agents) take notice. And you put yourself on a different track.

We’ll see how all this plays out — short-term success could swing on a turn of Stephen Curry’s ankle.

But what they are showing from ownership on down is the kind of long-term change Warriors fans should be excited about.

  1. bellerophon30 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Biedrins and Harrison Barnes in a sign and trade for Iggy? Probably fits financially, and Denver would certainly do it. Would Golden State? Hmmm.

    • tcclark - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      I’m hoping I’m just missing the sarcasm…

    • housport22 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Not even Golden State wants Biedrins, why would Denver?

    • JHathwell - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      David Kahn…Is that You???

    • anhdazman - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      Maybe when it was Biedrins and the #7 pick last year. But after Barnes flashed his rookie potential, we’re not going to trade him for Iguodala who is in the decline of his career.

  2. Gordon - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Who’s the guy in the pic that’s actually shorter than Stern?

    • Aaron Weiss - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      sf mayor ed lee

    • drewzducks - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Mr. Miyagi

    • herkulease - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      SF Mayor Ed Lee

  3. bknowledge - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Scenario for the Warriors to get Dwight:
    3 team trade
    Cavs receive: Bogut
    Warriors receive: Dwight
    Lakers receive: picks from Cavs and Warriors…

    Something pretty much like this can work because Cavs are under the cap and can receive salary. Cavs should be willing to do it- gamble on Bogut…his deal is only 1 year/expiring…they have their young stars and are not in full tank mode…Gilbert has expressed a desire to make the playoffs this year…If Bogut gets healthy, they have a nice team….
    Lakers would get draft picks instead of letting Dwight walk…

    • anhdazman - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Don’t need Drama with DH12. Next.

  4. JHathwell - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    The Lakers can do it straight up, without a third team. It’s rather easy.

  5. herkulease - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    The Clippers have been just as bad the Warriors. from 94 to 2012, they’ve made 3 appearances. Its good to see both franchise start to move out of the dumps and into some respectable territory.

    Technically the Warriors should’ve made 2. following their upset of the Mavs in 2007.
    They posted a 48-34 which left them 9th in the West and at home. While 5 East teams with worst records, including the Hawks with a record of 37-45 were in the playoffs.

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