Andre Iguodala Nearly Signed With Rockets In Free Agency

An eventful series of free agent meetings in July had Andre Iguodala on the verge of signing with the Rockets before the Warriors swooped in and met his demands at the last minute, Chris Haynes writes in a fascinating piece for ESPN.com.

Back on July 1, we heard that Iguodala was expected to circle back to Golden State after getting an offer he liked from Houston, but Haynes goes into far more detail in describing the process that got Iguodala to that point. Here are a few highlights from the ESPN report:

  • As free agency opened, the Warriors increased their initial offer for Iguodala to $42MM over three years, with a partial guarantee in year three, according to Haynes. However, the swingman wasn’t satisfied with Golden State’s pitch and opted to take meetings with several suitors rather than accepting the Dubs’ offer.
  • The Lakers were the first team to speak with Iguodala, but as was the case throughout free agency, L.A. only offered one year, aiming to preserve 2018 cap room. The Lakers’ one-year offer was worth $20MM, per Haynes.
  • Iguodala met with the Spurs next, and San Antonio offered a fully guaranteed four-year deal. The Spurs only had their mid-level exception to offer, meaning they couldn’t offer more than about $36MM, but Iguodala – who likes being involved in the tech world – was intrigued by the team’s proximity to Austin.
  • The Kings met with Iguodala next and, armed with about $43MM in cap room, essentially asked him to name his price — within reason. If Iguodala named a price that Sacramento was willing to match, the Kings wanted a commitment on the spot, according to Haynes. Not wanting to commit right away, the 33-year-old held off on specifics, but recognized that Sacramento likely had the means to offer him the most money.
  • The Rockets were the next team to make a pitch to Iguodala, and one source within his camp called it “the best recruiting presentation of all time,” per Haynes. Houston was limited to its mid-level exception, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey began proposing “lucrative sign-and-trade scenarios like a mad scientist” in an effort to meet Iguodala’s demands. Following the meeting with the Rockets, Iguodala cancelled his remaining meetings, including sit-downs with the Sixers, Clippers, Timberwolves, and Jazz, and there was “a strong sentiment that he was Houston-bound.”
  • Iguodala decided to meet one last time with the Warriors, though he expected to use the meeting as an opportunity to say goodbye, sources tell Haynes. Golden State offered a fully guaranteed three-year, $45MM deal, but Iguodala wasn’t budging from his asking price of $16MM per year, and intended to sign with the Rockets if Golden State didn’t meet that demand.
  • Shortly after Iguodala’s meeting with the Warriors ended, GM Bob Myers went to team owner Joe Lacob to ask for a little more money, and received approval to offer $48MM over three years, which was enough to bring Iguodala back into the fold.
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9 thoughts on “Andre Iguodala Nearly Signed With Rockets In Free Agency

      • Luckylefty2

        Lol where are they going then ? As long as this team sticks together they’re winning the championship for the next 3-4 years.

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        • CowboysFool

          You can’t positively say there won’t be more superstars drafted into the league or other super teams won’t form fool

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  1. Really good article by Haynes. Love the inside details.

    Iguodala had no choice but to remain with the Warriors, and I think he knew that in the back of his mind all along. Anywhere else and he would be counted on to probably start and play 35 minutes.

    His body can’t take that anymore. With the Warriors He’s basically there for the playoffs.

    He is a huge reason they have won the last two championships. Huge. If you watch him during the regular season he can’t shoot a lick. Come playoff time and suddenly he’s Michael Jordan….. making all threes.

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    • liamsfg

      His defense is where he really excels.

      He is a decent three-point shooter and can run the baseline as good as any forward, but having him wear out and shut down some of the best players at his position is the key.

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    • x%sure

      It was like in soccer– top players sign up for backup status on the richest teams to extend their careers with inactivity and make even more money.

      I can’t say the Cavs found an answer for Durant but between Jae Crowder, Jeff Green and The Turk, hopefully Iggy has been countered.

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      • InvalidUserID

        Cavs are deeper than last season (don’t think they had anywhere but up to go though) but don’t think they have an answer for the Warriors. Warriors had a hard time with Kyrie, I don’t see that with IT.

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        • x%sure

          Thomas often gets Curry in foul trouble. There’s a lot of 4-foul games vs Thomas where Thompson may take over coverage. Of course Curry could just stop fouling… maybe he gets overconfident against a player smaller than he is, whereas he might concede faster against Irving.
          Something else to look forward to discovering Christmas day and hopefully the finals!

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