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NBA News: Warriors Plan To Clear Cap Space Regardless Of Dwight’s Decision

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Since his meeting with the Lakers on Tuesday, Dwight Howard has been in Colorado weighing his options on where he’ll like to spend the next four or five years of his career. One of the teams that he’s going to be mulling over is the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors, who have been actively looking to move the likes of Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins, and Richard Jefferson to clear cap space for Howard. They’ve also thrown out the possibility of a sign-and-trade with the Lakers involving Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Andrew Bogut — or some combination of two of them.

While the Warriors ultimate plan is to land the free-agent center, the team still plans on clearing cap space for other high-end free agents should Howard decide to play elsewhere, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

One person briefed on Golden State’s cap-clearing efforts told CBSSports.com that the team is intent on clearing room regardless of Howard’s decision. If Howard says no to Golden State, the Warriors are expected to use the room — if successful in moving contracts — to chase another max-level free agent such as Denver forward Andre Iguodala, the person said.

Iguodala will be one of the most highly sought after free agents after Howard finally makes his decision as he’s a game changer on both ends of the floor. Iguodala would be a perfect fit in Golden State with his ability to get out on the break and run with such a young team.

He would also bring a shut down perimeter defender that the team so desperately needed. Iguodala along side Steph Curry and Thompson in the back court could be problems for opposing defenses. Iguodala isn’t the most efficient scorer, but he has ability to get to the rim and can open space for Curry and Thompson behind the three-point line.

Howard is expected to make his decision on where he’s going to play sometime Friday, and we’ll have a better idea of what the Warriors’ plan is after Howard’s decision.

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Phillip Barnett is the Senior NFL Editor at Sports City and is currently suffering through a decade long (and counting) playoff drought from the Oakland Raiders.

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