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Warriors acquire Iguodala, Murphy in three-team deal

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The Golden State Warriors announced Wednesday that they have acquired veteran guard/forward Andre Iguodala and guard Kevin Murphy as part of a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

The Warriors sent center Andris Biedrins, forward Richard Jefferson and guard/forward Brandon Rush, along with 2014 and 2017 first round picks, 2016 and 2017 second round picks and cash to the Jazz, plus a 2018 second round draft pick to Denver.

In turn, Denver received guard Randy Foye from Utah.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Iguodala, 29, has career averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.74 steals in 37.4 minutes per game over 695 regular-season contests (all starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Nuggets.

A 6-foot-6 swingman, Iguodala was a first team All-Rookie team selection in 2004-05, as well as was a member of the 2012 Eastern Conference All-Star team. He also was a member of the gold medal winning 2012 summer Olympics U.S. men's basketball team. He was the ninth overall pick by the 76ers in the 2004 NBA Draft and remained in Philadelphia until being part of a four-team, 12-player trade prior to last season.

"Andre Iguodala was a free agent that we targeted from Day 1 and we are thrilled that he chose to join our team," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement.. "His versatility as a player should help us tremendously on both sides of the court and we feel that his specific, unique skill set blends very well with the players already on our roster. Additionally, he will serve as a great asset to our young team as we continue to grow and develop in the coming years."

In other team news, Golden State picked up the team option on head coach Mark Jackson's contract for the 2014-15 season, the team announced.

Jackson will be entering his third season at the helm of the Warriors. Last season, he took the team to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division (with a 47-35 regular season record) and the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, making him only the fourth coach of the team to make the postseason since 1970 (others were Alvin Attles, George Karl and Don Nelson).

The Warriors had the second-highest winning percentage improvement in the NBA last season, trailing only the Brooklyn Nets.
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