Andrew Bogut’s Golden State Warriors have made their NBA championship intentions clear by recruiting Team USA forward Andre Iguodala for the next four seasons.
Iguodala will reportedly sign a four year, $48 million deal with the Warriors when NBA free agents can officially sign their contracts on July 10.
He crosses from Denver Nuggets and will fill the starting small forward position for the Warriors.
Bogut was reportedly on the trading block as the Warriors looked to acquire centre Dwight Howard but Howard rejected the Warriors in favour of Houston Rockets.
Iguodala came as a surprise to some observers with rookie small forward Harrison Barnes impressing in the starting role last season, he will now likely become the Warriors sixth man with star guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson expected to start and David Lee at power forward alongside Bogut at centre.
Signing Iguodala has forced the Warriors to drop some of the key bench players who played major roles for them last season when the Warriors made it to the Western conference semi finals.
Power forward Carl Landry was let go and he signed a four-year deal with Sacramento Kings while veteran point guard Jarrett Jack inked a four-year deal with Cleveland Cavaliers where he will back up Kyrie Irving.
The Warriors also traded away three players with expiring contracts, sending guard Brandon Rush, centre Andris Biedrins and forward Richard Jefferson to the Utah Jazz, clearing salary cap room to sign Iguodala.
While Bogut looks unlikely to be traded now the club has signed Iguodala, his contract expires at the end of the season and if the Warriors don’t have a successful season, they may look to clear cap room and trade the big man before the NBA trade deadline in February.
Howard’s Rockets are also shaping as a competitor to the major Western conference teams with the athletic centre now teamed with star guards James Harden and Jeremy Lin along with emerging small forward Chandler Parsons.
The Rockets have several holes to fill on their bench but have already began to sign players with forward Francisco Garcia re-signing and Omri Casspi agreeing to a two-year deal.
Detroit Pistons have also made a major move signing free agent forward Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks while the LA Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with centre Chris Kaman, who spent last season with Dallas.
Two other contending teams have signed important bench players with LA Clippers keeping defensive ace Matt Barnes and also managing to fit highly rated point guard Darren Collison into their salary cap with Collison agreeing to a two-year deal to back-up the newly re-signed Chris Paul.
Brooklyn Nets continued to strengthen their bench with Shaun Livington taking a one-year offer to play back-up point guard to Deron Williams.
Earl Clark will cross to Cleveland from the LA Lakers while Italian shooter Marco Belinelli has taken a two-year deal with San Antonio Spurs after spending last season with the Chicago Bulls.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.