How does Iguodala upgrade Warriors?
Reports indicate Andre Iguodala will sign a four-year contract with the Warriors. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
The Warriors made a splash Friday, moving a number of pieces to allow the team to sign free agent small forward Andre Iguodala to a four-year contract worth $48 million, according to Yahoo! Sports.
"It's a great opportunity," Iguodala told NBA.com. "I'm trying to win a championship."
Iguodala didn't waste any time; shortly after the news broke, he took to Twitter with the following message:
Yo @StephenCurry30 LETS GET IT!!!!— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 5, 2013
In order to clear cap space for Iguodala's new deal, the Warriors traded Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and multiple draft picks in a salary dump to the Utah Jazz, according to reports.
The Warriors will send first-round picks in 2014 and 2017, as well as future second-round picks, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.
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In exchange, the Warriors receive only guard Kevin Murphy from the Jazz, who has a non-guaranteed $788,000 deal for the 2013-'14 season.
Iguodala, 29, cannot officially sign the deal until July 10, when the 2013-'14 league year begins. The 6-foot-6, 207-pounder was an All-Star for the first time in 2012. He was the ninth overall pick in the 2004 draft as a former Pac-12 standout out of Arizona. He's played in all 82 games in four of his nine NBA seasons, averaging 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 37.4 minutes per game over his career.
Murphy, 23, is a 6-foot-6, 185-pound guard who appeared in 17 games in his rookie season for Utah.
Prior to the Warriors' deals, Dwight Howard had narrowed his choices to the Lakers and Rockets, according to Yahoo! Sports.