Bob Myers got his man. He got Andre Iguodala. But before the forward signed with the Warriors, Myers was convinced that he wasn't going to get Iguodala.
In an interview with Sporting News, Myers was very candid in his persuit of the 2011-12 All-Star.
“Andre was still a longshot, too,” Myers told Sporting News. “And it looked like more of a longshot as we were going through the process. I remember walking into my house late at night, just about every night that week, and telling my wife, ‘This is disappointing because no one cares about the work you put in, they just care about the result.’ We were ready to not get the result. You can say you tried really hard, but no one wants to hear that. Many times it looked futile. I killed it, five, 10, 20 different times. I said, ‘We’re not getting him, we can’t do it.’”
Myers' dispair was warranted. He had to move quite a few pieces in order to fit Iguodala's four-year-$48 million contract on the payroll.
The Warriors sent Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush, along with several future first-round picks to Utah to clear enough salary cap space.
Myers believes that Iguodala is the missing piece the Warriors need to ascend to the elite of the Western Conference, which is why he pursued him so thoroughly.
“We felt in a sense, like we were moving the needle and getting closer for a moment like signing Iguodala,” Myers said. “That doesn’t mean it is going to happen. The odds were very long on that, though, for a multitude of reasons. It could have fallen apart at any moment. We had to create cap space, create flexibility, and then still had to be able to convince a player with a healthy number of options, like Iguodala had, to come here. Everything has to line up and break right. Fortunately, they did.”
And Iguodala wanted to join the Warriors just as much as they wanted him.
“After meeting him and talking with him and seeing his desire to join our team, his eagerness, it almost served as a motivating factor to get the deal done,” Myers said. “He wanted it badly and was willing to make economic concessions to do it. Not like most free agents—90, 95 percent of free agents go where they get the most money. The fact that he was willing to do that served as a motivating factor us, and also as a sign of respect for how our organization is viewed by players. It was a big moment for us. It was great to see a player choose us when he had other options."
The nine-year veteran brings career averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game to the Warriors. In seven of his nine seasons, he's finished in the top 10 in the NBA in total steals.