NBA Free Agency 2013: Iguodala Was Close To Signing With The Dallas Mavericks

By Michael Rehome

July 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Andre Iguodala (left) poses for a photo with Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers (right) in a press conference after a sign-and-trade deal for Iguodala to become a Golden State Warriors player at the Warriors Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks and Mark Cuban according to NBC Sports were just an hour away from signing Andre Iguodala to a deal, until the trade happened with Golden State Warriors.

It was never a surprise that Iguodala wanted to be a Warrior, but to get there he had to leave other offers on the table while the Warriors pulled the complex trade together. And he did just that according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

To get here, he turned down a four-year, $52 million deal that Sacramento offered July 2 and then pulled, a five-year, $60 million front-loaded deal that Denver had on the table throughout the process, and a lucrative deal with Dallas that Iguodala almost signed an hour before the Warriors were able to create the necessary cap space to offer him four years and $48 million….

Finally, an hour before Iguodala was to sign with the Mavericks, the Warriors made two concessions in the deal with Utah and were able to send Richard JeffersonAndris Biedrins and Brandon Rush – along with two first-round picks and two seconds.

A day later, Denver wanted to be part of the deal, and the Warriors gave up a third second-round pick to the Nuggets in order to make it a sign-and-trade deal that afforded them use of the full mid-level and bi-annual exceptions and granted traded-player exceptions for $11 million and $4 million.

Looking at what could of been, Iguodala would of been a good signing for the Mavericks.  He brings a lot of skills to the table and is very athletic and shows that he can put the ball in the basket.

You can’t though look at where he is now with the Golden State Warriors.  A young team who made a good run in the playoffs this past season.  For them, they feel that Iguodala is the missing piece, according to General Manager Bob Myers.

“We feel like he’s the missing piece of the puzzle to this team,” general manager Bob Myers said. “You don’t find players, and you actually don’t find many people, like this, so we’re absolutely thrilled.”