Luxury tax may cause Andre Iguodala to leave Warriors


The Golden State Warriors might be able to keep their superstar core intact for a while, but surrounding those players with the best reserves off the bench could prove far more hard.

As pointed out by Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group, this is likely a power play on the part of Iguodala to get a three-year deal, something Lacob would like to avoid, as doing so would put the Warriors in the repeater-tax, which will come with a significant monetary penalty. He made just $12.1 million this past season.

Andre Iguodala is not one of the Warriors' star four players.

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Durant has said he plans to re-sign with the team he led to a championship this month, his first title.

The NBA free agency period will begin Saturday, meaning players can reach verbal agreements with teams at that time.

ESPN's Chris Haynes reported last week that Durant would bypass his $27.7 million player option for next season to become a free agent July 1. Durant had a deadline of Thursday to make his decision.

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It is not yet known if Iguodala will take meetings.

The 28-year-old Durant, a 10-year National Basketball Association veteran, wants the team to complete the bulk of its summer business before re-signing, ESPN's Marc Stein reported Wednesday.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is expected to land a five-year "supermax" extension in July worth an estimated $201 million, fresh off completing one of the league's biggest-ever bargain deals.

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Iguodala, an extremely important piece of the Warriors juggernaut, will be No. 3 on the priority list behind superstars Durant and Curry, who are both expected to return to the Oakland-based franchise.