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Iguodala was an hour away from signing with Dallas then Warriors trade went down

Jul 12, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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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.

  1. philly42 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Man, did that trade last year looked great for everyone BUT the Magic! Guess they got the last laugh. Iggy one and done, Dwight one and done, Bynum.. never even arrived! SMH

  2. trickybastard - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Kurt, I know it was a SF Chronicle quote, but at least you can correct a gross inaccuracy. Andre did not turn down the Kings offer, it was rescinded.

  3. dezglobal - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Hope Mark Cuban dsnt read this.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Nah, he’s too busy recording Shark Tank episodes to get involved with NBA free agency.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Can’t wait for the season to start. If the Warriors stay healthy they could be a special team. Bogut and Curry especially need to stay healthy for them… and maybe Brandon Rush comes back and gives some good bench minutes.

    • paleihe - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Rush was traded.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        It’s almost like it doesn’t say it in this very article!

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Oops.. can’t believe I missed that. Well I guess Tony Douglas and Speights will have to step up for the bench this season. Iggy is a huge get… definitely worth trading a bunch of pieces for a whole player.

      • whereyaat - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Tim Hardaway should have a hell of a year for Golden State, though. The only thing I don’t get is what happens at SF? I mean, they have Igoudala and Mullin at that position.

  5. miketreedy - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    This is Cuban’s 3rd bad off season in a row. I feel bad for Dirk. Cuban never should have let Tyson Chandler walk two years ago. Time to rebuild.

  6. dubsgiantsniners - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    ultimately i love the signing, the dubs are a way more dangerous team this week than they were last month. Still, I hope this doesn’t end up negatively effecting Barnes’ growth. I think Klay as nearer to where he’s going to be for his career (maybe developing his underused/underappreciated penetration skills) but Harrison’s got a crazy high ceiling.

    I hope losing minutes to an (admittedly great-fitting AI9) over the next 4 years won’t keep him from the reaching the huge potential he has

  7. almanak209 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    proBasketball Pundit Brandon Rush is no longer with the dubs

  8. ryann252013 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Poor Dirk..

  9. nhimunoz314 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Mr Cuban cant finish the deal…he’s not a closer…get used to it Dallas

  10. mat9844 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    As a Clips fan, this is the last thing I wanted to hear! But, have to admit, a very savvy move. Iguodala is a great player.

  11. ndnut - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    GS is the best team in California.
    P.S. I’m a Bulls fan

  12. cameltoehoe - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    ndnut: is your name Samad Patel?

  13. goldenstateofmind7 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Golden State will have no problem making an NBA final run! They had san antanio with a hurt david lee. Starting 5
    1.Curry
    2.Klay/ Barnes
    3. Iggy
    4. Lee
    5. Bogut

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