May 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) congratulates Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trades: Warriors acquire Andre Iguodala, Rockets now frontrunner for Dwight Howard

The Golden State Warriors have acquired Andre Iguodala in a sign-and-trade from the Denver Nuggets after dumping $20 million in salary, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Iguodala will be on a 4-year, $48 million deal. The Warriors unloaded a bunch of cap sending Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins to the Utah Jazz.

The Warriors may have dropped out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes by making this trade. The Houston Rockets are reportedly now the frontrunner to land Howard, who has said he has made up his mind on where he is going and will announce the decision this weekend.

The Warriors could still potentially get Howard in a sign-and-trade sending Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson to the Lakers with Andrew Bogut, too. The Warriors may be more attractive for Howard now too after adding Iguodala.

This trade is a fantastic one for the Warriors who know have a young core consisting of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, David Lee and Iguodala. The Warriors were one of the most impressive teams in the playoffs and even before acquiring Iguodala look to have one of the brightest futures in the NBA.

The same will be said for the Houston Rockets if they get Howard to pair with James Harden.

The Western Conference will be as tough as ever for the Oklahoma City Thunder to win. Even despite all of these big moves, I still feel as though the Thunder are the favorites in the conference. We will have to see how they handle replacing Kevin Martin first though.

Full details of this trade have not been released yet.

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