So was all that “Dwight Howard to Golden State” talk just a smoke screen for Golden State’s real move — a bid for Andre Iguodala — or did talks break down the Dwight and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Warriors went to option #2, Iggy?
We might never know, but as Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports reports, Iguodala has agreed to sign a four-year $48 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.
The potential ramifications of this deal are huge — it essentially means that another team is out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, and that the Houston Rockets might have just solidified their status as top bidder for Dwight.
It also might mean that the Los Angeles Lakers are even more reluctant to let go of Dwight Howard than we might have expected. The Warriors offered Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, and a first-round pick to the Lakers for Dwight Howard (a reasonable trade) and either the Lakers rebuffed the Warriors, or the Warriors could have pulled out of talks with the Lakers after they realized they could get Iggy to sign, and give up nothing (except for $48 million).
Or, the Warriors are still talking to the Lakers, and this Iggy move doesn’t rule the Golden State Warriors out of the Dwight Howard Sweepstakes.
Or, my head’s about to explode.
It’s also worth noting that Iggy turned down a better offer of at least $4 million more from the Denver Nuggets, which means that he either hated Denver (possible), or he really likes Golden State (probable).
In Iguodala, the Warriors have an elite level wing defender, and a solid offensive weapon (especially on the fast break). I see Iggy’s role with the Warriors as more of a defensive stopper than anything else. Iguodala has the length and athletic ability to guard the Kevin Durants of the world, while providing slashing wing play on offense to balance the shooting of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Great move by the Warriors — adding Iggy might mean that we see the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals sooner rather than later.