The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have re-signed free agents Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West to contracts, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released. Curry, 29, averaged a team-high 25.3 points per game (10th in the NBA) in 2016-17 to go with 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.81 steals (seventh) in 33.4 minutes over 79 games, earning All-NBA Second Team honors. The two-time MVP led the league in three-point field goals for a fifth consecutive year, following his NBA-record 402 threes in 2015-16 with 316 triples in 2016-17, including an NBA single-game record 13 threes on Nov. 7 vs. New Orleans. Curry upped his averages to 28.1 points, 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds in 35.4 minutes over 17 games in the 2017 postseason, helping Golden State capture its second title in three seasons. In eight career seasons with the Warriors, Curry owns averages of 22.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.79 steals and is the franchise’s all-time leader in three-point field goals (1,917, 10th in NBA history).
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Bob Myers touched on several topics but repeatedly turned the conversation to Durant’s decision to take a pay cut and sign a team-friendly two-year deal worth approximately $53 million rather than go for a max deal. That, Myers said, was the instrumental move in Golden State’s ability to re-sign key veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
“His gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Sean and Andre,” Myers said. “I can pretty much unequivocally say without it, we’re not looking at the team we have right now. What Kevin did shows who he is, shows what he’s about and I think it’s clear that that’s winning. Without him doing that it would have been a different roster, and clearly to me, a roster that wasn’t as good as the one we have right now.”
“He did it on his own volition, which makes it that much more impactful and impressive to me,” Myers said. “He’s a max player for the foreseeable future forever. For him to do something like that is commendable. Without him doing that other sacrifices as far as roster would have had to be made.
Tim Kawakami: Durant took $6.8M less than he could’ve gotten from GSWs. Nick Young got $5.2M. Iguodala got $2M more per year more than last offer.
On a side note, I think Kings owner Vivek Ranadive’s bidding for Iguodala cost Joe Lacob several million dollars, and that’s a win for Vivek (a former Warriors minority owner who was not exactly beloved by the other Warriors owners and who did not love the other Warriors owners).
Andre Iguodala has reached agreement on a three-year, $48 million deal to remain with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, league sources told The Vertical. Iguodala seriously considered rival teams on the open market and met with the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings, league sources said
Shams Charania: Iguodala’s $48M deal is fully guaranteed, league sources tell The Vertical. The Golden State Warriors have kept their championship core.
Sam Amick: Steve Kerr, Bob Myers got job done w/ Andre Iguodala & associates at a posh hotel in Beverly Hills. The threat of him leaving was very real.
Golden State now has $130M in guaranteed contracts that include the three-year, $48M Andre Iguodala contract and $31.8M projected Kevin Durant salary.
Shams Charania: Andre Iguodala has agreed to a three-year, $48M deal to return to the Warriors, league sources tell The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Iguodala’s deal will be worth $48M over the three years, league source tells ESPN. Warriors deepened offer, close deal tonight.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Golden State GM Bob Myers met with Iguodala in Los Angeles tonight, and flew back to Bay Area with a commitment to keep champs together.
Sam Amick: Andre Iguodala’s deal is three years, $48 million, I’m told. Huge win for the Warriors. Rockets, others wanted to hurt them with this one.
The Golden State Warriors met with free-agent forward Andre Iguodala in Los Angeles in a last-minute effort to retain his services and ended up offering the 2015 Finals MVP a three-year, $45 million deal, league sources told ESPN. Sources say the proposed deal doesn’t include any options and is guaranteed for three years.
In addition to Golden State’s offer, sources say Iguodala is mulling multiyear deals from the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Sacramento Kings. A decision is expected soon, according to sources.
On July 1, the first day of the free-agency period, Iguodala met with San Antonio, Sacramento, Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers. He canceled a meeting with Philadelphia.
Warriors are planning to meet with free agent guard Andre Iguodala today in Los Angeles, according to a team source. General manager Bob Myers will be armed with an offer in the range of $13 to $15 million a year. The deal will also include a third year, which is a big deal since the Warriors will have to sign Klay Thompson to an extension that year.
Iguodala, who wanted more than the Warriors’ initial overtures, hit the free agency market with a hopes of getting a lucrative offer. The goal is to put pressure on the Warriors to give him more.
Shams Charania: Andre Iguodala has canceled the remainder of his free agency meetings, league sources tell The Vertical.
Sam Amick: Warriors unclear what it means that Andre Iguodala canceled rest of FA meetings. Sense is he may be coming their way w/ Houston offer.
By all accounts from league sources, Livingston accepted a significant discount to remain in the Bay Area. But his fellow standout reserve Iguodala isn’t ready to take such an approach. How far ownership is willing to venture over the tax is unknown, but there is apparently a line drawn because the 33-year-old Iguodala is visiting with several teams, including San Antonio, Sacramento and Houston. A source told ESPN that Iguodala doesn’t have plans to meet with the Warriors at this juncture.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors free agent Andre Iguodala had an “excellent” meeting with the Rockets today and a contract offer was made, a source said.
David Aldridge: Can still expect quick Durant re-sign in Golden State when/if Iguodala re-signs w/Dubs. Will still be 1+1 deal for slightly less than max.
Chris Haynes: The meeting between Houston Rockets and free-agent Andre Iguodala is scheduled for this morning, league sources inform ESPN.
The Spurs were expected to meet with Golden State free agent Andre Iguodala in Los Angeles, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. And they’ve touched base with representatives for the Sacramento Kings’ Rudy Gay, per sources, although a signing isn’t imminent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers spoke with free agents Andre Iguodala and Rajon Rondo tonight, league sources tell @espn.
Ramona Shelburne: Among the FAs the Lakers called tonight: Iggy, Rondo & Ben McLemore
Tommy Beer: Per @Adrian Wojnarowski on SportsCenter – if Iguodala decides he wants a bigger deal elsewhere, Rudy Gay is a player GSW will focus on to replace him.
Bill Oram: Expect Clippers to now turn attention to Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala. Hard to see MLE getting it done, but can always clear space.
Chris Haynes: Houston continues its ultra aggressive approach and has now secured a meeting with free-agent Andre Iguodala, league sources tell ESPN.
Sean Cunningham: Hearing Andre Iguodala and Rudy Gay among the first meetings for Sacramento Kings free agency. Kings taking hard look at everyone
Chris Haynes: Soon as free-agency period begins, Andre Iguodala will meet with the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, league sources tell ESPN.
Chris Haynes: Andre Iguodala doesn’t have plans to meet with Golden State Warriors during free-agency period, league sources tell ESPN.
Sam Amick: Something to watch on Warriors front: IF Andre Iguodala leaves, there’s discussion about Dewayne Dedmon’s candidacy for starting center spot
Zach Lowe: As of now, the Warriors and Andre Iguodala have no meeting scheduled, sources say. Could change any minute. Sides are optimistic.
Shams Charania: With Iguodala open to leaving Warriors and league interest accelerated, he plans to field offers at midnight Saturday, league sources say. twitter.com/ShamsCharania/…
Myers mostly sidestepped talking about free agency, beyond acknowledging it’s “pretty intense” given the small window of time between the Finals (which ended June 12), the draft (June 22) and Friday. Green offered his confidence in the front office, but also insisted he will not try to persuade players to stay. “I’m not going to say, ‘Hey, Andre, someone is offering you more money; don’t take that money, stay here,’” Green said. “He’s a grown man and he’s going to make the decision he wants to make. He obviously knows how bad we want him here, and how much we love playing with him.”
Monte Poole: To be clear: Andre prefers to stay with #Warriors. He also knows the power of leverage. He might take less, but that should not be assumed.
Andre Iguodala has become the foremost target in an attempt weaken the Golden State Warriors’ chokehold on the NBA, league sources have told ESPN. The Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz are among the teams interested in the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, sources tell ESPN. It is not yet known if Iguodala will take meetings.
ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported that the Spurs are attempting to create salary-cap flexibility to pursue Chris Paul this summer, and a combo acquisition of the Clippers’ All-Star point guard and Iguodala has been discussed internally, sources say. The Spurs have made LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green available for trades, according to sources.
Philadelphia, where Iguodala spent his first eight seasons in the league, is in the midst of a rousing youth movement centered on development, fresh culture and identity along with a new organizational objective: winning. They covet veteran leadership and someone who is still productive on the court, which explains why the team is captivated by a potential reunion with Iguodala, sources say.
“I don’t know,” Myers said. “Free agency is predictably unpredictable. We love Andre. Hopefully we can find a way to make it work for not just him but all of our guys. But as far as specifics, there’s not a lot — and the rules make sense — there’s not a lot we can say definitively one way or the other.”
The 2017 NBA Finals MVP will turn down a player-option salary of approximately $28 million to momentarily hit free agency with the intentions of taking less than the max he’s eligible for as a 10-year veteran. This is in order to improve the Warriors’ chances of re-signing reserve stud Andre Iguodala, league sources told ESPN.
As the Golden State Warriors work to re-sign four core members of their championship team, the franchise is expected to receive the stiffest competition in free agency for Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP. Iguodala plans to seriously consider other teams in July, league sources told The Vertical. Prospective teams would need to show in meetings a vision to move toward contention to pry Iguodala from Golden State, league sources said.
Many teams are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala, including the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks, league sources said. Among teams around the league, there’s a belief that the value this summer for a two-way wing such as Iguodala could reach $20 million annually. Iguodala had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Warriors’ Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals.
But Durant has given every indication that he will take the 20% raise in order to give the Warriors the flexibility to pay Iguodala and Livingston whatever salary necessary above and beyond the cap number. By doing this new 1 + 1, Durant would be eligible to receive a “super-max” deal of about $205M in July 2018 when the Warriors would have his Early Bird Rights.
Iguodala has already indicated that his negotiation is almost already done and that he will re-sign with the Warriors, though I’m sure there are still deal points to be finalized. Months ago a source indicated to me that the only real issue to be worked out was the number of guaranteed years.
Today after Warriors shoot-around I asked Draymond Green, signed through July 2020, if he had heard about Iguodala’s comments (he hadn’t), and whether he had any doubt that the Warriors’ core pieces would all be coming back. “No, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Green said. “None at all. “Stick together and make this thing happen and try to win as many championships as we possibly can. So no, there’s no doubt in my mind.”
This is particularly relevant to free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, who have been pivotal to the Warriors’ success as they have advanced to three straight NBA Finals.
Iguodala is expected to receive interest from a number of teams such as Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta, league sources tell ESPN.
Albert Nahmad: But that’s just one of the many fun and intriguing storylines for Warriors fans this summer and in the years ahead. Kevin Durant is at the core of an entirely different one. (He likely already knows how it’ll turn out. But we don’t. Which creates drama!) Kevin Durant, who’ll have Non-Bird rights with Warriors this summer, holds the future of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston in his hands. Durant could seek $35M max, but Warriors would need to create cap space for it, which likely includes renouncing Iguodala and Livingston. If Durant is willing to take $31.8M on 1+1, Warriors could exceed cap to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston… and max Durant out next summer.
Shams Charania: Golden State’s Andre Iguodala had clean MRI result on sore left knee today, no structural damage, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Next step: Iguodala. If he and Myers can nail down the salary numbers and length, and if Durant’s deal means the Warriors can maintain Iguodala’s Bird Rights, then this is basically a done deal. In fact, an NBA source indicated recently that the only real open question now is the amount of years.
The key mathematical part of this for the Warriors is Durant, who could seek the max of about $36 million for 2017-2018. But the Warriors don’t have his Bird Rights, so they’d have to shed a lot of money to create the cap space to fit such a salary, and that would include the renouncing of Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
But if Durant is willing to take strictly a 20-percent raise from this season’s salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million, the Warriors would not have to fit him into cap space and then could use Bird Rights to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston above and beyond the cap. “Haven’t even thought about it that much,” Durant said on the podcast. “But I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
Iguodala’s a free agent after this season but he’s deeply connected to the Bay Area. “For me, I’m in a beautiful place, my family loves it here, we all enjoy it. So for me to just take it day by day. And let it happen how it was supposed to happen,” he said.
Midway through the second quarter of Thursday night’s rout of Orlando, Draymond Green saw a wide-open Iguodala streaming toward the rim. Green picked up his dribble midcourt and found Iguodala for a spectacular alley-oop. It was the type of acrobatic dunk that raised an important question: How many more years does Iguodala have left before he focuses exclusively on his off-the-court endeavors? “Ten,” said Iguodala, who will be a free agent this summer. “I’ll just lie like that to get leverage” in contract negotiations.
But Durant could nix that issue by taking a starting salary of $31.8 million — a 20 percent increase from this season, but about $4 million less than his projected max. That would allow the Warriors to sign him under his non-Bird rights, freeing them to go over the cap to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. At Saturday’s All-Star availability in New Orleans, Durant was asked if that’s something he would consider. “We’ll figure that out when the time comes,” Durant said.
“I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said during his media scrum Friday at All-Star weekend. “I don’t feel the need to say that, nor will I say that. You can’t tell a guy what money he should make or what’s important to him or his pocket. I don’t count anyone else’s pocket. “Will we recruit them and want them back? Hell yeah. We’ll do everything we can to get them back. But I’m not going to tell them, ‘Hey, man, you should stay here for a little less money.’”
Because Durant would need to be signed with cap space, the large cap holds of both Shaun Livingston ($10.9 million) and Andre Iguodala ($16.7 million) would need to be renounced. Curry’s $18 million free-agent cap hold will now be replaced with a likely $36 million salary. The remainder of the roster would be filled using the room mid-level exception and minimum players, meaning the total committed salaries for next season will likely be $135 million. Golden State will likely be in the luxury tax with a $21.5 million penalty. A. Under contract Kevin Durant $36,050,000. Stephen Curry $36,050,000. Klay Thompson $17,826,150. Draymond Green $16,400,000.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The feeling around (Andre Iguodala) is, hey, there’s going to be so many teams with space this summer and will have interest in him, they don’t need him to be traded… and he wants to win another title. He doesn’t want to go somewhere else now.
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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said that Paul Pierce’s No. 34 will be retired this upcoming season. “It’s going to be fantastic,” Pagliuca said. “For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”