Warriors battling to get Dwight Howard to Golden State

By James Williams

It is unclear whether the Golden State Warriors know something we do not know but they are beginning to clear cap space for free agent center Dwight Howard.

Howard spoke with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Warriors over the last week as he explored his options.

The Warriors were never really a front runner according to many people during the process but it appears they have put themselves in the situation to be a front runner to sign Howard.

This should come as no surprise with Lakers legend Jerry West in the front office for the Warriors.

The Warriors have put themselves in the mix by signing former Nuggets’ swingman Andre Iguodala to a four-year deal worth $48 million.

The Warriors did not stop there.

The Warriors also made a trade with the Utah Jazz, the trade sent Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush to the Jazz.

The Jazz also received a first round pick in 2014 and 2017.

Jefferson and Biedrins alone clear up at least $20 million in cap space.

The Warriors in return get Kevin Murphy in the trade.

It is also possible that free agent guard Jarrett Jack will not return to Golden State as part of the Warriors moves to free up cap space.

As we mentioned it is unknown whether Howard has made a decision in his mind or if he has told the Warriors anything that would cause them to make these moves but the Warriors appears to have their arms wide open for Howard. 

There is also word that the Lakers may receive Andrew Bogut along with either Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson as part of a sign and trade to send Howard to the Warriors.


Warriors get: Kevin Murphy
Jazz get: Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, 2014 & 2017 first round draft picks.




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