Warriors

Source: Andre Iguodala closing in on free agency decision

Source: Andre Iguodala closing in on free agency decision

UPDATE (7:43pm PDT on Saturday):  The Warriors have offered free agent forward Andre Iguodala a three-year, $45 million contract, according to ESPN.

All three years are guaranteed, according to the report. Iguodala also reportedly has multi-year offers from the Rockets, Spurs and Kings.

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Andre Iguodala wanted to test free agency. Wanted to see how much he could command on the open market and then decide whether he wanted to return to the Warriors.

He also owed it to himself to discover the value the Warriors would place on him.

Iguodala got a pretty good idea on Saturday, according to Bay Area News Group columnist Marcus Thompson, who reported that Iguodala will meet with the team and the Warriors are prepared to offer a three-year contract worth at least $13 million per season.

That would be slightly more than the annual salary as Iguodala’s last contract, a four-year deal worth $48 million, which he signed upon joining the Warriors in July 2013.

Iguodala reportedly has met with the Rockets, Kings and Spurs, with Houston said to have offered a contract.

The 33-year-old wing is close to making a decision, according to league sources, and remains hopeful of re-signing with the Warriors.

The Warriors already have agreements in place with Stephen Curry (five years, $201 million), Shaun Livingston (three years, $24 million, $18 million guaranteed) and David West (one year, $2.32 million).

The other major signing, Kevin Durant, at somewhere between $28 million and $31 million, is anticipated to occur once Iguodala’s status has been clarified. Durant purposely delayed his deal in hopes of giving the Warriors a chance to maintain as much of their championship core as possible.

Iguodala would be the final component of that, should he agree to terms with the team.

Report: Rockets among teams interested in Jimmy Butler

Report: Rockets among teams interested in Jimmy Butler

Could Jimmy Butler go home to Houston?

Apparently, the Rockets are interested in trying to make it happen, though we're not sure how the numbers would work out.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets, Nets, Pistons, Clippers, Heat, 76ers and Blazers are "interested in talking further with Minnesota" about trying to acquire the four-time All-Star. The Cavs are also interested acquiring Butler, according to Woj.

Houston has a problem, though. They are already $11.444 million over the luxury cap threshold. Butler is set to make $20.445 million in 2018-19 and $19.841 million in 2019-20, so the Rockets would have to do salary cap gymnastics to make a deal work.

On Friday, GM Daryl Morey told The Houston Chronicle that the Rockets are "doing what we can to prepare for" the Warriors.

Acquiring Butler would certainly fit that messaging.

Daryl Morey admits Rockets make most decisions with Warriors in mind

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Daryl Morey admits Rockets make most decisions with Warriors in mind

Grass is green, the sky is blue, and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is still obsessed with knocking off the Warriors.

Morey admitted as much in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, telling the paper that "a very high percentage" of the Rockets' decisions this offseason are made with one thing on their mind:

Same as last year, it's very likely to win the title we're going to have to beat the Warriors at some point. We're doing what we can to prepare for them. To me, that's what any rational person would do. I'm intrigued by some thinking it's odd that we say that. Maybe because it's not a norm. Ask any fan, 'Who do you have to beat to win the title?' They're going to say 'the Warriors.' It seems like [general manager] speak or coachspeak to not say that.

Morey told anybody who would ask last season that the Rockets were single-mindedly obsessed with beating the Warriors in the playoffs. Houston came close last season, jumping out to a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals, before Golden State stormed back to win the final two games in Rockets star Chris Paul's injury absence.

Morey responded with a substantial makeover of his roster. Defensive stoppers Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza are gone, while Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, Marquese Chriss, James Ennis and Brandon Knight are in. The Rockets were one of the West's best defensive teams last season, and Morey expects the team to withstand the loss of Ariza and Mbah a Moute.

"We can be [as strong defensively]," Morey told the Chronicle. "They were both extremely good defenders. So it will be a challenge. That was a big part of our meeting. [Assistant coach Roy Rogers] was walking through what changes and how excited he was with what he was planning to do and the personnel we have to be better than last year."

Morey -- as well as the Warriors -- will get a first look at whether or not Houston's offseason was successful on Nov. 17, when the Rockets host the defending NBA champions.