Apr 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) reacts to a call in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 131-117. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 7/9: Warriors Need to Validate Iggy Signing, Raiders Strong at SS, Landry a Curious Signing

Warriors Must Win to Validate Cost of Acquiring Iguodala 

On the court, Iguodala will give the Warriors elite defense and athleticism as well as some much needed veteran presence to hopefully steady the team through difficult stretches. From a talent perspective, Golden State only gets better through the addition. The real measure of these decisions will be whether the team can continue to win. If the first round picks traded to Utah rest in the mid to high 20s then this trade and acquisition will prove to be a coup. But if the organization regresses and fans have to watch Utah draft in the lottery with the Warriors’ selections, then history will not look fondly on this offseason.

– Nathaniel Pulliam, Yahoo! Sports

Raiders Strong at Strong Safety 

In less than three weeks, the Oakland Raiders will be on the field for their 2013 training camp. With the move to acquire Charles Woodson and pair him withTyvon Branch, the Raiders have promise at the safety position.

Branch and Woodson together as the back line of defense for the Raiders brings excitement. It will take some time for both to acclimate to how the other likes to play, but once they gel, the Raiders defense should improve.

– Nick Gill, Sports Media 101

Landry a Curious Signing by Kings 

Too many jumpers doomed Landry’s first stay in Sacramento, and I worry the same thing could happen again. Unless Landry is paired primarily with Patterson, he’s going to have to share the frontcourt with a non-shooting big man. While he could develop solid pick and pop chemistry with new acquisition Greivis Vasquez, he’ll have to be placed further on the perimeter to give space for everyone else. Mike Malone surely understands how Landry impacts games given his experience working with him in Golden State, but he’s going to have to be really creative with his lineups to put Landry in the same position to succeed.

– Mike Prada, SB Nation



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