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Iguodala shares 'a gem' when it comes to gaining free-agent leverage

Iguodala shares 'a gem' when it comes to gaining free-agent leverage

Andre Iguodala ended up getting more money from the Warriors than expected.

How did he and his representatives get it done?

"When you're going through free agency -- not to give away a gem -- but I think it's important that you take every situation seriously," Iguodala explained on NBATV on Sunday night. "I think sometimes guys get in trouble when they try to use leverage with another team, and they don't think they're ever gonna go there but they try to use them as leverage -- I never take that approach.

"Whenever I take a meeting or have an opportunity with another organization, I take it very seriously as if I have a chance of going there or I am gonna go there. You just see how things play out. You weigh your options. It's the business of it and you have to respect it. So I try to do that to the best of my ability."

Iguodala's just-completed deal with the Warriors paid him $48 million over four years.

He will reportedly sign a 3-year deal worth $48 million this time around -- fully guaranteed.

Golden State's initial offer to the 2015 Finals MVP was between $12 and $14 million for two years, with a partial guarantee in Year 3, according to USA Today Sports' Sam Amick.

Iguodala reportedly met with the Spurs, Rockets and Kings, and canceled a meeting with the 76ers.

When he told his son that he may be leaving the Warriors, the youngster started to cry.

But ultimately, Iguodala -- who will turn 34 years old in January -- couldn't walk away from the Bay Area.

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"At the end, it came down to -- we won two championships in three years, we got to the Finals three years in a row, and we got a special thing rolling," Iguodala told NBATV. "Draymond texted me and said, 'I don't care how much you make. Just want to keep this thing we rolling.' KD texted me as well.

"I had to find Steph -- he's out enjoying himself. But he said the same things. Just that brotherhood we built over the last couple of years. It means a lot. It's not just now, but those relationships last a lifetime."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

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Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

JaVale McGee isn't going anywhere.

McGee will re-sign with the Warriors, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Soon after the news surfaced on Twitter, JaVale posted on Instagram:

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Golden State could only offer the big man the minimum of $2.1 million.

In 77 games (10 starts) with the Warriors last season, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.

McGee appeared in 16 of the Warriors' 17 playoff games (he did not see action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), averaging 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting over 73 percent from the field.

As of now, Golden State has 15 players with guaranteed contracts:

Steph Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
David West
JaVale McGee
Pat McCaw
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Kevon Looney
Damian Jones
Jordan Bell

McGee was reportedly unhappy with the Warriors for giving their entire $5.2 taxpayer mid-level exception to Nick Young.

The 29-year old reportedly met with the Clippers and Kings, and was seeking a contract above the minimum.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

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Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

Kyrie Irving is itching to get to the Big Apple.

Irving 'very badly' wants to play for the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs during a meeting with management on July 7.

The four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat or Knicks, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Although Irving was born in Australia, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey -- which is about 20 miles away from Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs have been trying to get a hold of Irving, but the 25-year old is not talking to anybody from the organization, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, he registered 29.4 points over the five games.

The Knicks owe Joakim Noah over $17.7 million next season, over $18.5 million in 2018-19 and nearly $19.3 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks also just signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (who they traded in June 2015) to a 4-year contract worth nearly $71 million.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller