The Cost of Age
Iguodala will cost the Warriors. The Warriors can’t really offer him money due to the contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, so they would need to part with either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes and some change.
To many, this would be too costly. The young core has been almost taboo to trade talks (save the potential Eric Gordon trade), mostly because no one wants to trade away a player who could turn into something special.
That being said, everyone has a price. At a certain point, Golden State would be willing to trade Thompson or Barnes or both. The question is, what is that price? I would argue that Thompson for Iguodala would be the least costly option for the Warriors. Although it would be blasphemy to some to break up the “Splash Brothers,” Iguodala is a spectacular improvement to Thompson.
The only two areas the 6’7 guard is better in are outside shooting and age. Thompson shot 40.1 percent from the three-point range this year compared to Iguodala’s 31.7 percent. While the Washington State University product is certainly better at shooting from beyond the arc, nearly 15 percent more of his shots from downtown were assisted this regular season compared to Iggy’s. That means that while Thompson might be a better shooter, more of his looks have come from being a spot-up shooter rather than a creator.
The greater implication of this would be that while the Nuggets’ team captain might be worse at shooting the three-ball, if the Warriors put him in those same spot-up opportunities, the deficit will be mitigated. Iggy is a more efficient scorer, as evidenced by out-scoring Thompson during the playoffs on less attempts, and he is also a better rebounder, defender and distributor.
Age represents the sophomore’s greatest advantage; Thompson is six years younger than Iguodala. Is it worth trading all those years of potential for someone who might be on the last years of their prime? Perhaps a change of scenery and coaching would shape the swingman back into his 2007-08 form.
Iggy’s playoff performance shows that he still has a lot of fight still in him and would thus be a great pickup for the Warriors. Thompson is certainly a beloved figure among Warriors fans and is viewed as a fixture on the team, but Iguodala would ultimately be the better addition.