Jul 12, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT
Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks were thisclose to signing Andre Iguodala.
Instead, a capped-out but aggressive Golden State ownership pulled together a three-team trade that gave them the room to add Iguodala to an already strong Golden State roster and makes them far more dangerous in the West.
Iguodala wanted to be a Warrior, but to get there he had to leave other offers on the table while the Warriors pulled the complex trade together. And he did just that according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
To get here, he turned down a four-year, $52 million deal that Sacramento offered July 2 and then pulled, a five-year, $60 million front-loaded deal that Denver had on the table throughout the process, and a lucrative deal with Dallas that Iguodala almost signed an hour before the Warriors were able to create the necessary cap space to offer him four years and $48 million….
Finally, an hour before Iguodala was to sign with the Mavericks, the Warriors made two concessions in the deal with Utah and were able to send Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush – along with two first-round picks and two seconds.
A day later, Denver wanted to be part of the deal, and the Warriors gave up a third second-round pick to the Nuggets in order to make it a sign-and-trade deal that afforded them use of the full mid-level and bi-annual exceptions and granted traded-player exceptions for $11 million and $4 million.
Iguodala would have been a good signing for Dallas, but not the lone guy they could rebuild around. Iguodala brings a lot of important skills to the table, but he needs to be paired with a guy who can put up a lot of buckets. It would have been a good starting place for Dallas, but there would have been a lot more work to do.
For Iguodala this landing makes more sense — he is on a team that is up and coming in the West. They still have to prove themselves — Oklahoma City with a healthy Russell Westbrook remains the team to beat, San Antonio is going to be good again, the Clippers and Rockets are improved, and the list goes on.
Iguodala also is in a city he has wanted to be in for some time, trying to find his way there several times in the past but it never worked out. He took less money to get there.
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