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GS Warriors Sign Andre Iguodala

GS Warriors Sign Andre Iguodala

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

According to multiple sources the Golden State Warriors have made a big deal and it isn't for Dwight Howard. The reports vary but most have Golden State sending out Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, Andris Biedrins, and a 2014 first round pick to the Utah Jazz for a "currently unknown package". That allows them the cap room to sign Iguodala as a free agent.

Iguodala's new contract is 4 years for 48 million dollars. He played a year with the Nuggets after being traded from Philly in a complex 3-way deal which saw Iguodala go to Denver, Dwight Howard go to the Los Angeles Lakers and Andrew Bynum land on the Philadelphia 76ers. If Howard moves from the Lakers in the next few days, all those players will be playing for other teams next year. Iguodala opted out of the final year of his deal with the Nugs, where he would have made 16 million dollars.

Interestingly the Warriors are still in the Howard sweepstakes. The arrival of Iguodala frees up second year swing man Harrison Barnes (or Klay Thompson) to send out in a S&T to the Lakers.

Certainly even without Howard, the Warriors are a much better team with Iguodala on board. Their biggest weakness has been on the defensive end, Iguodala solves much of that problem. Playing with an recovering Andrew Bogut, the Dubs suddenly have something resembling a defensive core... to go along with their sometimes stunning ability to score and score fast.

So what does this have to do with the Los Angeles Clippers? Well, the Warriors are playing in the same division nevermind the same conference. The Nuggets might be getting worse but the Warriors might have just gotten a whole lot better. If they can also land Howard, how good might they be?