Andre Iguodala signs 3-year, $48-M deal with Warriors
MANILA, Philippines – The Golden State Warriors retained their championship core after successfully re-signing veteran Andre Iguodala to a fully guaranteed 3-year, $48 million deal, according to reports.
Iguodala's deal will be worth $48M over the three years, league source tells ESPN. Warriors deepened offer, close deal tonight.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2017
Iguodala's $48M deal is fully guaranteed, league sources tell The Vertical. The Golden State Warriors have kept their championship core.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2017
The 33-year-old forward even put a hilarious spin on this bit of news by breaking his own signing on Twitter before anyone else.
Sources close to Andre Iguodala reporting agreed to terms to return to the bay....— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 2, 2017
The agreement ends speculation about whether or not free agent Iguodala, a vital cog to the Warriors' vaunted small ball lineup and a key calming figure in the locker room, would remain in Oakland or move to a different city.
Iguodala has entertained other offers since the beginning of free agency from teams like the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Sacramento Kings, per reports. But Golden State's Bob Myers, who won Executive of the Year this season, negotiated strongly enough to secure the team's ultimate sixth man.
Earlier offers reportedly included a two-year deal worth $12 to 14 million each year, another with a partial guarantee in the third year, and a $45-million fully guaranteed 3-year offer, which appeared to be as far as the Warriors would go before they upped it to $48 million at the last minute.
USA Today Sports' Sam Amick breaks down previous offers below.
Andre Iguodala negotiations— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 2, 2017
1st offer: 2 yrs at $12-14 mil per, partial in 3rd
2nd offer: 3 years, $45 mil
3rd: 3 yrs, $48 mil
Iguodala, who embraced his role coming off the bench since joining the Warriors, was crucial to both of Golden State's championship runs in 2015 and 2017, leading the team in plus-minus for each of those finals series.
Coach Steve Kerr banked on him in 2015 to secure the title and he leaned on Iguodala once more in Game 5 this year to close out the Cleveland Cavaliers as Golden State won its second title in 3 years.
He has averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 assists, and 4 rebounds this past regular season, as well as 7.2 points, 3.2 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in the postseason. – Rappler.com