Even though the Warriors won the championship a few days ago, and even though there have been multiple reports throughout the year that they intend to keep the core of the team together, they still face a certain amount of uncertainty right now, as currently only Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Damian Jones, and Patrick McCaw are officially on the books for next season. Stephen Curry is about to get paid, and Kevin Durant will most likely exercise his player option with an eye towards signing a longer term deal.
One of the key cogs of this Warriors team — and former Finals MVP — is Andre Iguodala. Getting a new deal in place for him has to be one of the top priorities for Bob Myers and co., even as they bask in the post-championship cool spray of champagne and the warm glow of being called the “best team in the history of the league.”
However, as reported today, we might have some good news concerning Iguodala.
Andre Iguodala is expected to sign a multi-year deal with the Golden State Warriors in free agency worth anywhere between $8 million and $12 million per season.
Iguodala has already indicated that negotiations on a deal are nearly done and that he will re-sign. The number of guaranteed years could be the final major piece of his negotiations.
If true, it would be a huge step towards keeping the core “Hamptons Five” of Iguodala, Durant, Curry, Thompson, and Green together for the foreseeable future.
We’ll have to keep an eye on how all these deals get done. Are the players willing to take less to stay in the Bay Area and chase another handful of rings? For example, Iguodala was reportedly offered a deal in the $18M/year range, according to Nate Jones.
Does Iguodala believe the combination of competing for titles — while continuing to build his personal investment empire — will make up that extra $6M/year? Or is it just worth it to him, at this point in his career, to stay with the very best team in the world?
Either way, this is fantastic news for the Warriors are for all Warriors fans. Now, if they can find a way to keep Shaun Livingston, my day would be made.