Five best Warriors signings, decisions in Joe Lacob-Peter Guber era
5. Trading for Andre Iguodala
The Warriors had just taken down Andre Iguodala and the Denver Nuggets just two months prior in the playoffs. Iguodala had seen enough, though. The ultra-versatile forward wanted to join what Steph Curry and the Warriors were building in Oakland.
Golden State agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with Iguodala in July 2013. The acquisition was complete by pulling off a three-team trade that brought Iguodala to the Warriors. The move further proved the Warriors were turning into title contenders, and stars would want to come to the Bay. Iguodala built a Hall of Fame résumé as a Warrior, winning three championships and the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.
4. Hiring Steve Kerr
The Warriors had just gone to the playoffs in two straight seasons under Mark Jackson, their first time making the postseason since the We Believe Warriors in 2007. That wasn't enough for Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the rest of the front office. They saw greatness in this team, and Jackson wasn't the man to lead the way.
So on May 14, 2014, the Warriors took Steve Kerr off of TV and hired him as their next head coach. It was Kerr's first time in the role, and it couldn't have gone better. Kerr led the Warriors to five straight NBA Finals, winning three rings, in his first five seasons at the helm.
Kerr changed the Warriors, unleashed Steph Curry and watched the Warriors run rampant on the rest of the NBA.
3. Drafting Klay Thompson and Draymond Green
In back to back years, the Warriors drafted two future Hall of Famers. One at No. 11 overall and one all the way in the second round of the draft. We, of course, are talking about Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Golden State grabbed Thompson just outside of the top 10 in 2011, and then pulled a heist and added Green at No. 35 overall just one year later. They took the Warriors' defense to a new heights, Klay became the perfect backcourt partner for Curry and Green revolutionized the game as a small-ball center who can also lead an offense.
This was just a historic run of two straight years of home runs in the draft.
2. Signing Kevin Durant
Everything changed on July 4, 2016, with a single tweet as Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Warriors. Instead of worrying how he would fit in with Steph, Klay and the rest of the Warriors, the front office added one of the greatest players of all time and formed one of the most hated teams ever.
And they dominated in historic fashion. Durant cemented himself as the best player in the game with an iconic shot over LeBron James and won back-to-back Finals MVP awards his first two years with Golden State. If it weren't for his and Thompson's injuries last season, the Warriors were on their way for a three-peat.
Durant came with championships, drama and one of the greatest three-year runs in sports history.
1. Steph Curry's $44M contract in 2012
Really, this is what changed everything. If it wasn't for Curry signing one of the most team-friendly contracts ever, there's no KD, there's no Iguodala and possibly no dynasty.
On Oct. 31, 2012, Curry signed a contract extension worth $44 million over four years. The season before, he played only 26 games while dealing with constant ankle issues having many question what kind of career he would have. Through three seasons, Curry averaged 17.5 points per game.
Since signing that first contract extension, Curry has averaged 25.6 points, won back-to-back MVP awards and three championships. He changed the game, and this contract changed the Warriors forever.