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Jul 5, 2013 6:01 PM by Bill Halter

Warriors get Iguadala, Mavs no longer in running for Howard

According to mulitple media reports the Golden State Warriors and free agent guard Andre Iguadal have reached an agreement on a $48 million, four-year deal. NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10 but the Warriors are expected to $24 million in salary cap space by trading Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush and first round picks in 2014 and 2017 to the Utah Jazz.

Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets last season. He spent his first eight years in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 29 year old Iguadala is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.

The signing of Iguadala doesn't eliminate the Warriors from the Dwight Howard sweepstakes as they could still acquire the big man in a sign and trade deal with the Lakers.

It appears Dwight Howard has eliminated the Dallas Mavericks from teams he's considering. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted Friday that it was "time to get back to work" amid multiple media reports that Dallas was out of the running for free agent center Dwight Howard.

"The Mavs are back open for business," Cuban wrote on Twitter.

It's the second straight summer Dallas has missed on a big name in free agency after declining to bring back key pieces of the 2011 championship team in the name of salary cap space. Deron Williams chose to stay with the Brooklyn Nets last year.

Howard met earlier this week with the Lakers, along with Houston, Golden State, Atlanta and Dallas.

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