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Warriors’ GM talks about long road to them landing Iguodala

Aug 29, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

Andre Iguodala AP

After a second round playoff run and the most optimistic season the Warriors fans have had in decades, the front office could have just tried to bring the band back together and grow the team that way. Instead, they came out aggressive getting into the fringes of the Dwight Howard conversation.

But that was a long shot… of course so was landing Andre Iguodala.

Such a long shot that team GM Bob Meyers didn’t think they would land Iggy, Meyers told the Sporting News.

“Andre was still a longshot, too,” Myers told Sporting News. “And it looked like more of a longshot as we were going through the process. I remember walking into my house late at night, just about every night that week, and telling my wife, ‘This is disappointing because no one cares about the work you put in, they just care about the result.’ We were ready to not get the result. You can say you tried really hard, but no one wants to hear that. Many times it looked futile. I killed it, five, 10, 20 different times. I said, ‘We’re not getting him, we can’t do it.’”

Iguodala had other options — he nearly signed with Dallas — but he had his eye on the Bay Area before and when this came together he jumped at the chance.

There are so many deals talked about much like this one was but they never just come together. There are a lot of long hours spent on trades that fall apart. This clearly felt like that, but in the end the Warriors became a more dangerous team.

Iggy’s wing defense and ability to score in transition and create should fit well with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The questions for Golden State will be the bench (without Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry) and how the Warriors defend. Iggy should be a big plus on the defensive end (although a healthy Bogut is the other key).

  1. kingwithringz - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Will Iggy or Harrison Barnes start?

  2. saint1997 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    This is a clever move for the Warriors obviously because not only does it provide them with defensive punch and offensive versatility but if a trade comes up they have the option of flicking Thompson and Lee for another superstar (Aldridge) and still keep a strong starting 5

  3. legend30 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Curry-Thompson-Iguodala-Lee-Bogut Sixth man: H. Barnes. Can’t wait to see this team play this year. Losing Jarrett Jack does hurt though; however, I’m still expecting them to take that next step this year.

    #ClevelandSportsIsCursed

  4. lucifershuttlesworth - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I think the bench will be just fine. Barnes and Draymond Green are both ready for major minutes and Mareese Speights brings decent production and a bit of nastiness with him. Hoping that Bazemore gets more run too.

  5. lakerade - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Should have been Iggy AND Dwight. Jerry West must be slipping.

  6. drgums - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Jack is a loss but can be replaced. Who wouldn’t want Iggy on their team? They are definitely better

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