It wasn’t a massive shock, teams with no cap space have found a way to finagle around that problem during many NBA offseasons, but it was a bit of a surprise when the Golden State Warriors beat out several other suitors for Andre Iguodala’s services in a sign and trade last summer. The Warriors entered the offseason with no cap room to work with, while employing several players with sizable deals like Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins. All with likely extensions to youngsters like Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson coming down the pike in years to come.
Seizing Utah’s interest in rebuilding, the Warriors found a way to dump Biedrins and Jefferson on Utah in a sign-and-trade deal, picking up Iguodala from the Denver Nuggets in the same transaction when it became clear that Dre did not want to be a part of the Nuggets’ new regime. It turns out that Iguodala didn’t really have to be won over on Mark Jackson’s team all that much – even while his Nuggets took on the Warriors in a first round playoff series loss.Read More »from Andre Iguodala’s cousin expressed Dre’s love of the Warriors to their owner … while Iguodala played against them