The rumors are in full force, and a new dimension to the Golden State Warriors’ plan has been reported.
Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Warriors could have interest in obtaining both Andre Iguodala and Dwight Howard, arguably the top two free agents left on the board.
The feeling is mutual:
Regarding Andre Iguodala situation, he wants to play for Warriors & has already had deep talks to go there. Need space or S&T though.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 5, 2013
The Warriors have had interest in Iguodala for a few years now, and Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group can vouch. At one point, a Monta Ellis-Iguodala-based deal looked likely, but that never went through. Eventually, Ellis was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut.
The specifics can be a bit confusing, so I’ll pass on a passage from Amick’s report on USA Today:
If they could convince a team to take contracts like those attached to Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson (a combined $20 million in expiring salaries next season) and others, Iguodala could be signed and possibly tip the scales on Howard’s decision. Should he pick them, they would then do a sign-and-trade with a Lakers team that would face the prospect of losing him for nothing if they don’t cooperate with the Warriors and, hypothetically speaking, see Howard head to Houston instead.The timing factor in play here is beyond problematic at this point, as Howard’s decision was widely expected to come today and the Warriors have yet to find a new home for those players.
I’d call it a long shot, but it’s not impossible. Where Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes would fit in this mess is also a bit cloudy, but I can assure you that at least one of the two would be traded to either clear cap space or as a part of a sign-and-trade with the Lakers.
Another possibility is that the Warriors just get Iguodala. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Warriors do covet the veteran small forward (they have for a few years), and he notes that their activity to clear cap space may be unrelated to the Howard situation.
Moreover, in Amick’s report, he notes that the Rockets are the favorites to land Howard’s services. So, the Warriors would up their ante with Iguodala, building a core of Stephen Curry, Iguodala and Howard, with David Lee and perhaps Thompson/Barnes in the mix too.
Yeah, it’s confusing, an it’s changing by the minute.