By Jerome Keene
The dominos are beginning to fall. The Golden State Warriors struck early this afternoon with the dumping of the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson ($11 million) and Andris Biedrins ($9 million). Brandon Rush ($4 million) was also included, along withtwo future first-round draft picks (2014 and 2017) to the Utah Jazz for basically nothing. The result is that the Dubs had enough cap space to sign a prominent free agent.
Andre Iguodala signed with the Warriors for four years and about $48 million, according to multiple sources (Marcus Thompson, ESPN, Yahoo!.com etc). In order to fit Iggy, the Warriors had to renounce rights to Jarrett Jack, who acknowledged that his tenure with the team is probably over via Twitter.
In Iguodala, the Warriors get a guy who is among the most versatile players in the league, as well as one of its best defenders. He can even run the point and allow for Curry to play off the ball more without significant substitutions.
In addition, this likely means a changing of the overall lineup pattern going forward. The Warriors likely did not get Iguodala to sit Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson. To solve that problem, it likely means that more small-ball lineups with Barnes at the power forward. So, the loser in the trade may be David Lee in terms of playing time.
In any event, Iguodala makes the Warriors better on multiple fronts while becoming more flexible in terms of the lineups they can throw at you.