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Warriors ‘glad’ Andre Iguodala rejected Rockets’ offer in free agency

Last summer was one of the most entertaining NBA offseasons in some time. One of the story lines somewhat lost amid the frenzy was the sweepstakes for Golden State Warriors linchpin Andre Iguodala.

Reports from ESPN suggested at the time that the former NBA Finals MVP was intrigued by the Houston Rockets’ addition of Chris Paul. It was suggested that Iguodala was preparing himself for the “possibility of leaving the Bay Area.”

Now on the precipice of a highly anticipated Rockets-Warriors showdown in the Western Conference Finals, the case can be made the significance of such a big move may have been underestimated.

The Warriors suffered a lot of tough luck with injuries this season, so depth players like Iguodala became a key component for yet another championship run. Warriors players knew Iguodala leaving was a real possibility and not surprisingly are very thankful for his return.

The Rockets aggressively courted Iguodala in free agency last summer. They showered him with attention and affection, figuring one way to topple mighty Golden State was to acquire one of its key players.

“I salute their attempt to try to steal him away,” Curry said Friday, “… but I had a lot of confidence he would be back with us.”

It reached the point that Iguodala subsequently met with Warriors general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr, planning to personally say goodbye, via sfgate.com. Myers instead persuaded owner Joe Lacob to increase the team’s offer, and before long, Iguodala was back in the fold.

“I don’t remember (any) of that from last summer,” Iguodala said. “At the end of the day, it’s all business. I don’t know, man. I can’t get too deep. … I’m just really excited to play basketball in America, and to be free and all that.”

Seems as if Iguodala is all about business as far as the series against the Rockets is concerned. After all, the Warriors are attempting to punch their ticket to a fourth-straight NBA Finals appearance in a bid to win their third ring in four attempts.

The series tips off Monday at Toyota Center.