The Golden State Warriors are trying to clear a ton of salary cap space, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re doing it to make room for Dwight Howard.
Howard is expected to make his free agent decision today, choosing between five teams that include the Warriors.
According to Ken Berger of CBSSports, the Warriors are “intent on clearing room regardless of Howard’s decision.”
If Howard says no to Golden State, the report states that the Warriors would pursue “another max-level free agent such as Denver forward Andre Iguodala.”
Iguodala was in the news this week after the Sacramento Kings pulled back on their four-year, $52 million offer to him , all because he didn’t respond fast enough.
He remains one of the hottest commodities on the free agent market, but obviously cannot compare to the frenzy for Howard.
The Warriors have jumped into the race for Howard after meeting with him on Monday. While there are strong possibilities that he may choose the Rockets, Mavericks, or Lakers over the Warriors, Golden State has made a big impression on Howard.
The big man is currently in Aspen, Colorado, thinking over his decision, and the Warriors are taking the necessary steps to ensure that they are ready if he chooses them.
The CBS report states that they have “offered the likes of Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to the Hawks, Cavaliers and Jazz.” All three have big expiring contracts set to come off the books in 2014, so getting rid of them will certainly help their endeavors during free agency.
They are reportedly in trade talks with the Jazz regarding Bogut, as reported earlier today by ESPN.
Plan A, of course, is for Howard to pick the Warriors. But Plan B may be to go after Iguodala, and the Warriors hope to have plenty of cap space if they do.