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Warriors sign Andre Iguodala after trading Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins to Jazz

Jul 5, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

The Warriors have either put themselves in prime position to get Dwight Howard or completely eliminated themselves from the race.

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Sam Amick of USA Today:

In the short term, this makes the Warriors much better. Jefferson and Biedrins were dead weight, and Rush, after  missing nearly the entire season with an ACL injury, can’t be counted on to offer much. Iguodala is an excellent wing player who will be key defensively and has point-guard skills that will allow Stephen Curry chances to play off the ball on the other hand

This might mean Harrison Barnes (or, less likely, Klay Thompson) goes to the bench, or maybe Iguodala becomes a super sub who still plays a lot. The Warriors have options – all of them better than earlier in the day.

As far as the cap implications, unless more details emerge – and isn’t fun when so many NBA writers collaborate to break details of a move? – the Warriors can offer Iguodala just $47,395,710 if they waive Kent Bazemore

, Dwayne Jones, Scott Machado and Murphy, who all have fully unguaranteed contracts. There’s probably some rounding happening in some of the reports, and I don’t expect Iguodala to throw away the deal over the missing $604,290 if it comes to that.

Now, the Warriors will set their sights on Howard, who will likely see a team that just added Iguodala for scraps as more appealing. But they won’t have any cap room or, guessing what it took to unload the bloated contracts of Jefferson and Biedrins, draft picks. So, if Howard chooses Golden State, it will certainly take a sign-and-trade.

The Warriors could offer David Lee and Bogut for Howard and Metta World Peace (another player who likely has negative trade value), though I doubt the Lakers would do that. Including Thompson and/or Barnes could make the deal palatable, but there’s still no guarantee the Lakers go for it.

For the Jazz, this deal comes down to the picks. What round are they? What are the protections? When are they coming? Without knowing more specifics, it’s tough to say whether this deal was worthwhile, but taking such bad contracts, Utah better be getting favorable protections and multiple first rounders.

Update: Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports the Jazz will get unprotected 2014 and 2017 first rounders, and Wojnarowski says they will also get multiple second rounders. This seems like a pretty good haul, though Iguodala means that 2014 pick is likely to be in the 20s.

There’s an added cost for the Jazz, because this deal could cost them Paul Millsap.

If this trade is completed before they sign Millsap or make another move to clear cap space – trades can’t become official until July 10 – they will have to renounce Millsap. In theory, they would be allowed to re-sign him, but without his bird rights, without cap space and without the mid-level exception, that would essentially be impossible.

Utah’s best – and perhaps only – feasible plan for re-signing Millsap is to reach a deal before July 10, when presumably, the Warriors will want this trade executed. By waiving Jerel McNeal, whose contract is fully unguaranteed, the Jazz could offer Millsap five years for up to $ 41,200,843 and still have enough cap room to absorb Jefferson, Biedrins and Rush. Then Utah could simply execute its signing of Millsap before the trade.

But if Millsap wants more money or to take more time, he’s gone.

  1. melkipershero - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Pretty easy to figure this one out. The Warriors are setting themselves up to possibly move Barnes and Bogut in a sign and trade for Howard.

    Howard
    Lee
    Iggy
    Thompson
    Curry

    • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      That’s the first thing I thought of too. Now Barnes is a little more expendable and could really entice the Lakers if they are willing to accept Bogut and his expiring contract for Howard.

    • cynic2o9 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Doubt the Warriors move Barnes. Right now they have leverage though, as it looks like Howard might move and Lakers get nothing in return, they can at least get a year of Bogut and an expiring contract, plus Thompson and picks. Maybe that’s the card that the Warriors are playing right now.

      • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Isn’t Thompson a better fit alongside Iggy? Barnes and Iggy seem like the same type of player to me. I like Barnes don’t get me wrong but I think the Lakers would rather lose Dwight for nothing than to take on Bogut and nothing else. I’m sure they would like Thompson though.

      • aarondommin - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Warriors are NOT trading Klay Thompson. Barnes is probably available with the addition of Iggy but most of what made the Warriors so special this last year revolved around BOTH Curry and Thompson. Howard would be wise to play with those guys if the Lakers are willing facilitate the deal. Better to get an asset like Barnes who would thrive with Nash and D’Antoni than to let Howard walk with nothing.

      • cynic2o9 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Well they may be similar, but as of now Barnes has the bigger upside. Unless they want to live and die by the 3 then I see them preferring Barnes over Klay. He is better all around already, but we don’t know how desperate either one of the teams are to get what they want.

    • dirtydavis - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      @ Melkipershero

      I thought about the same thing…

      Lakers Starting Line up:

      C-Gasol
      PF- Hill
      SF Barnes
      SG Kobe
      PG Nash

      There is no chance in hell D’antoni wil Start Gasol and Bogut

      Bench: MEtta, Bogut, Meeks, and other d-leaguers

  2. bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Utah Jazz? I get the first round picks in 2014 & 2017 but don’t you have to put a value on helping out the enemy? Holy smokes did they give the Warriors a free ticket to a big upgrade.

    In unrelated news now Dwight Howard is now undecided and will take until July 20th to think about his options.

  3. bucrightoff - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I think the Warriors have Dwight and they know it. Igoudala turned down a better offer from Denver, perhaps because he knows Dwight is theirs

    • tablescrappy - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      I’m unclear on most NBA cap issues; what is the most likely cap number for Howard next year?

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        The first year would be $20,513,178. There would be annual raises after that (the Lakers can give larger raises and one more year as they have his Bird rights).

      • tablescrappy - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        So the Warriors would need to create more cap room to sign him outright, and even then would have to give him one less year than the Lakers could. Is that correct?

  4. herkulease - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    No bad. Surprised they found someone willing to take on dead weight. They better win and get deep into the playoffs. reportedly 2 1st round picks and 2nd rounder. I wouldn’t be surprise if Utah demand that they be unprotected to eat bad contracts.

    They will have plenty of minutes to go around. So whether its Klay/Barnes/Iggy coming off the bench they shouldn’t feel too bad.

    Jarret Jack played about ~29, Carl Landry played ~23. Both were renounced by the Warriors.

    They probably want to cut down Curry’s minutes too from 38.

  5. htownred34 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Utah probably did this trade to once again screw the rockets over, the warriors could land Howard now, but if Utah didn’t get a first rounder it’s a stupid deal for them since they’re rebuilding

  6. rushbacker - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    If Utah takes those stiffs AND loses Millsap out of the deal, I think it becomes pretty clear that they’re tanking for a high pick next year. No other explanation makes sense.

  7. starvingardens - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    This had better be Bogut and Igoudala for Howard. If they gave up either Klay or Harrison, they would be shooting themselves in the foot and taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back.

    If they don’t land Howard this year, they can just wait until the HUGE 2014 free agents come around and get someone else.

    I think I may speak for a lot of Warriors fans when I say don’t break up this nucleus just for Howard. We have NEVER EVER had a group of guys like this. EVER. It would be a disservice if they the management team did.

    • starvingardens - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Oh, and I just thought about it. The Lakers line up would have benefited from this trade if it did go through.

      Bogut
      Gasol
      Igoudala
      Bryant
      Nash

      And the Warriors…

      Howard
      Lee
      Barnes
      Thompson
      Curry

      It looks like a win win.

      • melkipershero - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        You cant sign and trade another teams player. Iggy wont be able to be traded for something like 6 months (not sure exactly). Itd have to be Barnes.

    • gpatrick15 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      When you have the chance to sign one of the best centers in the league on a team with very little defensive identity (until they signed Igoudala), and have to give up a promising young player who plays the same position as the guy who just signed today, I think you do it. Howard is better than both Barnes and Thompson. If the lakers require one of the 2, GSW has to do it. Not both. And between the 2, I’d rather it be Barnes on the move than Thompson.

  8. adoombray - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Those were two of the worst contracts in basketball, and the Jazz are getting nothing of value for taking them. That is the worst example of tanking I have seen in years.

    • tubal22 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      I don’t know that they’ll tank (the Jazz never have). But all 3 contracts they got from the Warriors expire in 2014. So they are getting $24 million in expiring contracts they’ll be able to use next offseason (which is a nice free agent class) just from this one trade, and they’ll have 6 first round picks in the next 4 years. Add that to Marvin Williams 7.5 mil expiring and the Jazz should be able to sign some nice guys.

      They weren’t going anywhere next year anyway.

    • bougin89 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      2014 and 20171st round picks and reportedly multiple 2nd round picks as well. I agree though, this is a massive tank job.

  9. bellerophon30 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    The Lakers would only possibly take Bogut and either Klay or Barnes, they’re not taking David Lee and that massive contract. The Warriors would do that deal in a second, but will LA?

    Utah………I don’t know why they did this. Is two first round picks worth all that dead weight? They get a backup 3, and a backup 5 for a large money commitment. Maybe they really like Brandon Rush.

  10. loubearkane - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    How you know the writer has been drinking , they can now offer Lee & Bogut for Howard. So add a even worse contract that has 3 yrs 47 mil left on a player that’s injury prone like Bogut.

  11. anhdazman - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I’d still like to see Jack resigned, but Iggy can pick up some PG minutes when Curry is on the bench.

    With Ezeli out until January, a backup center is needed. Unless GSW plans to play Lee at Center and divide PF minutes between Green and Barnes.

    Great moves on dumping Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush. Didn’t think any team would be foolish enough to eat that 9 and 11 million contracts.

  12. acdc363 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Wow can the season just start tmrw so I can watch this team ?!

  13. gpatrick15 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Remember a few years ago when Jerry West was running the Grizzlies and swung a few NBA titles by gift wrapping Pau Gasol to the Lakers Before Mar Gasol became MARC GASOL)? Funny as it sounds, I could see west calling in a favor to Kupchak to get the sign and trade done.

  14. anhdazman - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    So GSW traded 3 players (Biedrins 9 mil, Jefferson 11 mil and Rush 4 mil) for a total of 24 million that just freed up.

    They sign Iggy for 12 million this year. That should leave them with 12 million.

    Why does GSW have to do a sign and trade with the Lakers. Why not trade Bogut to another team and free up his 14 million add that with the 12 million freed up with today’s transaction. 26 million and GSW doesn’t have to give the Lakers anything?

    • melkipershero - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Great idea. If they can move the contracts they did today trading Bogut would be a cakewalk. They could play some small ball with Iggy or Barnes at the 4. Having Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Iggy, and Dwight on the floor together is beyond dangerous.

    • tablescrappy - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      That’s pretty much what I was thinking, but as I don’t really understand how salaries and the cap work in the NBA, I assumed I was missing something.

    • Dan Feldman - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      The Warriors were over the cap before the trade. So not all that trade money turns into cap space. Some it went toward just getting back to the cap line.

      • anhdazman - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Ah ok, thank you for the clarification.

  15. cowboynation21 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I wouldn’t completely label it tanking for the jazz in this trade.. It just means the jazz are giving the core 5 young lottery picks a chance to get experience together.. If it happens to hit the lottery pick again that’s just another added talent to this young team wit a talented 2014 draft wit years to grow together

  16. sportsnut101 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Now warriors have weird lineup who’s coming off the bench Barnes or Klay. Dumb move by warriors

  17. silverandblackfan77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Since Howard signed with the rockets I’m happy with the Warriors offseason they got rid of two of the worst contracts in the NBA and added a great defender in Iguodala which we needed so if it’s Curry,Thompson,Iguodala,Lee and Bogut or Curry,Iguodala,Barnes,Lee, and Bogut, I’ve seen worse rosters make it to the playoffs. We improved which is the great part

  18. rickyspanish - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Yo Baymac! You gotta like this move!

  19. tcclark - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    this is a great move by the Jazz. They got first round picks and really didn’t give up anything. I wish the sixers were on the other end of this deal instead of Utah.

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