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AP Sources: Warriors clear space, acquire Iguodala
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On the flip side, the biggest boon for Utah might be three veterans with expiring contracts, which will give the Jazz tons of space when a slew of top free agents hit the open market next summer. Jefferson is due about $11 million, Biedrins $9 million and Rush $4 million in the final year of their deals.
While production from Jefferson and Biedrins has declined substantially, Rush was considered Golden State’s top reserve and perimeter defender until he tore a ligament in his left knee in the home opener. Rush has averaged 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds since he was drafted 13th overall out of Kansas in 2008 by Portland, which immediately traded him to Indiana.
“Only makes me work harder,” Rush tweeted.
General manager Bob Myers had said all along that despite the team’s perceived salary cap restrictions that a big-time free agent could be signed this summer. The Warriors also will renounce their rights to restricted free agent guard Jarrett Jack and forward Carl Landry to clear space for Iguodala _ a price they believe is more than enough for his addition, which could push standout rookie Harrison Barnes into a reserve role, albeit a leading one.
Jack and Landry had helped the Warriors go from a 23-43 team during the lockout-shortened season to a 47-35 team last year, earning the conference’s sixth seed and upsetting Denver in the first round. But mounting injuries wore the Warriors down and the eventual Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs sent Golden State home in six games.
AP Sports Writer Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report.
Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP
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