— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 5, 2013
After signing Andre Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million deal on Friday afternoon, the Golden State Warriors will be “ready to engage” if Dwight Howard picks them, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski adds that Howard hasn’t eliminated the Warriors. The Dallas Mavericks are out of the “Dwight Sweepstakes,” however. It should be noted that Howard erased the Mavericks from the equation before the Warriors signed Iguodala.
Berger reports that the Los Angeles Lakers “are amenable” should Howard pick the Warriors–a change from their original stance that no sign-and-trades would be made.
The addition of Iguodala makes Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes expendable. In a sign-and-trade, the Lakers would want one of the Warriors’ youngsters, along with the $14 million expiring contract of Andrew Bogut, who is the foundation of a potential swap between the Lakers and Warriors.
Here’s the offcial excerpt that I was referring to above:
The centerpiece of any Howard sign-and-trade with the Lakers would be center Andrew Bogut and his $14 million expiring contract, plus one of Golden State’s young studs — Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson, league sources said. However, there has been no indication from Howard’s camp — holed up in Aspen, Colo., to make his free-agent decision — that he’s made a decision. Nor has there been any indication from the Lakers that if Howard elects to leave, they’ll be willing to facilitate his departure.
To spice things up, Matt Moore of CBS sports tweets that Howard is on “good terms” with Iguodala.
Should be noted, Iguodala is on reaaaallllly good terms with Dwight Howard.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 5, 2013
That’s something to ponder upon.