The Warriors have agreed to sign unrestricted free agent guard/forward Andre Iguodala to a multi-year contract, according to multiple reports.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Iguodala told NBA.com. “I’m trying to win a championship.”
To make way for Iguodala’s arrival, the Warriors will trade reserve forward Richard Jefferson and reserve center Andris Biedrins to the Jazz, according to NBA.com and the San Jose Mercury News. The Mercury News and CBSSports.com reported that forward Brandon Rush was also headed to the Jazz. It’s not yet clear what Utah will receive in exchange for taking on the contracts.
The free-agent negotiating period opened on Monday. Contracts can’t officially be signed and trades can’t officially be consummated until July 10.
Iguodala’s departure continues a summer of massive change in Denver: 2013 Coach of the Year George Karl was fired and 2013 Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri left for the Raptors.
In recent weeks, Golden State had been seen as one of five suitors for Lakers free-agent center Dwight Howard — along with the Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks — but dumping the expiring contracts of Jefferson and Biedrins will complicate potential sign-and-trade scenarios.
Iguodala, 29, averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals last season. He reportedly received a four-year, $50+ million offer from the Kings earlier this week, only to have it yanked hours later.
Jefferson, 33, averaged 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 56 appearances last season. He is entering the final season of a contract that will pay him $11 million.
Biedrins, 27, averaged 0.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 53 appearances last season. He is entering the final season of a contract that will pay him $9 million.
Rush, 27, holds career averages of 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds over five seasons with the Pacers and Warriors. He played just two games last year due to a season-ending knee injury.
The Warriors eliminated the Nuggets in the first round of the 2013 Western Conference playoffs.
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