Jason Kidd, the Dallas Mavericks veteran All-Star point guard, and Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76'ers All-Star small forward, are among a group of players being eyed by the Golden State Warriors this NBA off-season, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday:
The Warriors thought they had worked out a trade last summer for Iguodala, but the deal, which would have brought the swingman west in exchange for Monta Ellis, was vetoed while the 76ers were in the process of being sold. Iguodala remains on the Warriors' wish list and they've expressed similar interest in Portland's Nicolas Batum, Chicago's Luol Deng, Memphis' Rudy Gay, Indiana's Danny Granger and Atlanta's Josh Smith.
The Warriors think Andre Miller might have played his way over mid-level money with a strong playoff showing, but they believe they have a good chance at landing Jason Kidd. If Deron Williams signs with Dallas, the Warriors can tempt Kidd with the mid-level exception and offer the Bay Area native a front-office job after he retires.
That could work out nicely for both sides, as Kidd said last month that he wants to be involved in building a team after he retires, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld:
“I would like to go upstairs. [I]’d like to be the person who puts all of the pieces together. We’ll see if that works out.”Kidd is currently a free agent but Iguodala is under contract with the Sixers until the 2013 NBA season, when the team will have a player option worth $15.9 million.