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“I often talk about that moment as transformational” — Bob Myers looks back on the risk of trading for Andre Iguodala in 2013

The Golden State Warriors had to give up a lot to acquire Andre Iguodala in 2013, but the gamble paid off.
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala and general manager Bob Myers

Andre Iguodala and Bob Myres

"Strength in Numbers" and "Death Lineup" are expressions that the Golden State Warriors dynasty has made popular in the past decade. And Andre Iguodala has served as a linchpin that helped Golden State unlock the lineups to overcome opponents during its first three title runs. But what if the Warriors didn't gamble on the former All-Star in 2013?

Worth the risk

The Warriors front office clearly valued and prioritized signing the former Denver Nuggets wing when he became a free agent after the 2012-13 season. But because the team did not have enough cap space to acquire him outright, it needed to trade away a couple of rotation players, and two unprotected first-round draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal.

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GM Bob Myers knew the move was a significant risk yet necessary for the team's growth. Suffice to say, the risk was worth it. Myers acknowledged it himself in a recent interview with GQ.

"That was a hugely pivotal moment to get a good player like Iguodala," Myers said. "I often talk about that moment as transformational. Up until that point, we hadn't had any free agents want to come to our team. Andre was a pretty big free agent at the time."

Kickstarting the dynasty

Thanks to the addition of a two-way player like Iggy, Golden State was able to field versatile lineups that were potent on offense and defense. Another key piece of the puzzle was the 2014 offseason hiring of head coach Steve Kerr, who knew how to maximize the Warriors' roster. With Iguodala and Kerr, the team won the 2015 title. For his role in the title run, the former lottery pick was named the Finals MVP that year.

The Warriors dynasty continued its championship-winning ways when Kevin Durant joined the fray in 2016. The addition of the former NBA MVP resulted in one of the most potent five-man combinations in league history. Collectively called the "Hamptons Five," the lineup of Iguodala, Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green outscored the opponents every regular season and playoff.

While Curry and Durant get the most credit as the Warriors' superstars, Golden State might not have won three championships from 2015 to 2018 if it didn't have Iguodala.

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