Nov 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) during the third quarter at Target Center. Nuggets won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Configuring a Potential Andre Iguodala Sign-and-Trade

Apr 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) warms up before the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Iguodala is one of the top three coveted free agents of the 2013 NBA offseason. In our recent free-agent power rankings, Dhara Taheripour ranked Iguodala as the third best free-agent on the market. Considering that Chris Paul is likely to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s not a stretch to say Iguodala is the second-best free agent available.

The Golden State Warriors could configure a sign-and-trade with the Denver Nuggets to obtain Iguodala. Though it would be a long-term risk for the Warriors, a sign-and-trade could be a short-term, win now situation that may benefit the Warriors in the next three to four years. The Nuggets, too, could benefit by receiving young talent.

Looking forward to the coming years, the Warriors may be evaluating how seriously they can contend for a championship. Though the sign-and-trade with the Nuggets would likely include Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson, this may not be the worst-case scenario for the Warriors.

With Carl Landry opting out his final year, the Warriors are already right at the projected luxury-tax threshold. The Warriors are in need of a backup point guard and are unable to sign Jarrett Jack without dipping into the luxury tax.

The Nuggets only have $52.5 million guaranteed for 2013-14. The Warriors could trade Barnes and attach the expiring contract of either Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins. Iguodala was the second-oldest player on the Nuggets in 2012-13. The 21-year-old Barnes could bring an infusion of energy and youth that only magnifies the benefits of hiring Brian Shaw.

If the Warriors could attach an expiring contract with Barnes, they will have the ability to re-sign Jack. At this point in time, the Warriors would benefit more from having Iguodala start and Jack coming off the bench than just having Barnes over the other two.

The Warriors would have to give up one of their most promising young players but the acquisition of Iguodala would allow them to bring back Jack and possibly even Landry.  There’s no telling how high Barnes’ ceiling is but it’s a calculated risk the Warriors might want to consider.

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