Popular free agent Andre Iguodala is on the verge of joining the Golden State Warriors after the two parties verbally agreed terms on a four-year, $48m contract, according to ESPN.
Small forward Iguodala, a defensive stalwart who was selected ninth overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2004 NBA draft, has chosen a move to California over the opportunity to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets.
Having only joined the Nuggets in August 2012 as a key component of the blockbuster trade that sent All-star Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia, Iguodala immediately established himself as one of George Karl's key players.
After he averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 80 games, the Nuggets front office, now minus NBA executive of the year Masai Ujiri, were reportedly extremely keen to see Iguodala return to Pepsi Center and offered him a five-year deal worth approximately $60m.
The Sacramento Kings were another team also hoping to agree a deal with the 29-year-old Olympic Gold medallist, initially offering him a reported four-year contract that was later withdrawn due to their unease at the player's apparent reluctance during negotiations.
After it became apparent that the Warriors were no longer in the running for coveted big man Howard, the move for Iguodala only became possible after they completed a strategic trade with the Utah Jazz.
By offloading the expensive expiring contracts of Brandon Rush, Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins in exchange for second-year guard Kevin Murphy, they were able to free up the cap space necessary to complete the deal.
In order to sweeten the transaction somewhat, the Warriors also sent the Jazz two future first-round picks. The franchise were also forced to renounce their rights to backup point guard Jarrett Jack and experienced forward Carl Landry.
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