NBA Rumors: Sixth Man Andre Iguodala Wants to Stay With Golden State Warriors But...
Since he was acquired by the Golden State Warriors via a three-team trade in 2013, Andre Iguodala has been instrumental in the team's emergence as one of the NBA powerhouse squads. With the Warriors, Iguodala embraced the role of sixth man after being a starter with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets.
Signing Iguodala to a fresh deal is one of the Warriors priorities this offseason. Iguodala will become a free agent with his four-year, $48-million deal that he signed in 2013 set to expire this summer.
Aside from Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston will turn free agents in the summer. The Warriors are expected to sign Curry to a maximum five-year deal worth in excess of $200 million.
Durant signed a two-year deal when he joined the Warriors last summer. The deal comes with an opt-out clause on the second year, meaning he can seek a maximum of $36 million for the 2017-2018 season.
According to Tim Kawakami of Mercury News, while Iguodala is willing to stay with the team, his future with the Warriors will depend on Durant's next decision. If Durant takes a 20-percent raise from this season's salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million, the Warriors can re-sign Iguodala and Livingston above and beyond the cap.
If Durant asks for $36 million a year, the Warriors would have to create cap room for his demand. The move could force the Warriors to part ways with Iguodala and Livingston.
When asked about his next move, Durant said he's focused on winning the championship for the Warriors. "Obviously you want to keep this group together," Durant said. "We want to see how far we can go with this thing".
Iguodala, for his part, said he's willing to remain with the Warriors but his decision will hinge on the different scenarios affecting the team. "So I don't see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place," said Iguodala.
The other 2017 free agents for the Warriors include Matt Barnes, Ian Clark, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, David West and James Michael McAdoo. ESPN.com reported that if the Warriors sign majority of their free agents, they will be hit with a sizable luxury tax bill in 2018.
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