Kevin Garnett to Golden State Warriors for Andre Iguodala.
Iguodala has struggled in Golden State with a bench role, averaging career-lows in points per minute, rebounds per minute, and true shooting percentage in 20 games off the bench, and might prefer a fresh start elsewhere.
But the impetus for Golden State would be purely financial: trading for Garnett’s expiring contract allows them to shed Iguodala, who’s set to make over $34 million between this season and the next two years, and help them avoid an almost assured clash with the luxury tax line next season.
Iguodala might be more of the same for the Nets in some senses. He’s a playmaker on the wrong side of 30 set to make eight figures through the 2016-17 offseason, when he’ll probably be more of a cap liability than a bargain. But if the Nets want to make moves and still compete, even a 30-year-old Iguodala would provide the Nets with a jolt of athleticism, something that’s been sorely throughout their tenure in Brooklyn. The Nets would miss Garnett’s defensive impact, but if they want to make a move, they could do a lot worse.