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