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Jazz acquire Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, draft picks from Golden State

Published: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015 5:44 a.m. MDT

Utah Jazz forward Enes Kanter (0) tips in the ball over Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) in Salt Lake City  Saturday, March 17, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz forward Enes Kanter (0) tips in the ball over Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) in Salt Lake City Saturday, March 17, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Vying to come out on top of the Dwight Howard free agency sweepstakes, the Golden State Warriors instead turned to the Jazz earlier Friday in an effort to carve out the requisite salary cap space to sign Andre Iguodala.

Utah's reward: the considerable salaries of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, as well as young shooting guard Brandon Rush.

Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski and TNT's David Aldridge tweeted Friday afternoon about the trade and subsequent agreement between Iguodala and the Warriors.

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) defends Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) in Salt Lake City  Saturday, March 17, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) defends Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) in Salt Lake City Saturday, March 17, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

League sources later confirmed the deal to Deseret News beat writer Jody Genessy.

In addition to the three players, Utah will also receive multiple draft picks, including first-round selections in the 2014 and 2017 drafts, according to Wojnarowski.

Utah Jazz forwardcenter Derrick Favors (15) slams in over Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins (15) in the closing seconds of the game in Salt Lake City  Saturday, March 17, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz forwardcenter Derrick Favors (15) slams in over Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins (15) in the closing seconds of the game in Salt Lake City Saturday, March 17, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The trade was made possible due to Utah's considerable amount of cap room, which allowed the Jazz to take on salary without giving back more than Kevin Murphy's non-guaranteed contract.

ESPN's Marc Stein tweeted Friday morning that the Jazz and Warriors engaged in trade talks centered around former Utah Ute and valuable big man Andrew Bogut, but those discussions never led to anything substantial.

Now, it appears those talks have culminated instead in the acquisition of Jefferson, a 12-year veteran small forward, and Biedrins, a shot-blocking and rebounding specialist. Rush, a 41.3-percent 3-point shooter for his career, provides the floor-spreading presence Utah desired heading into the offseason.

The two veterans provide much-needed depth and experience for a Jazz team that could potentially start four players all 23 years old or younger next season (Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Trey Burke).

Golden State Warriors forward Richard Jefferson, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill, AP) Golden State Warriors forward Richard Jefferson, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill, AP)

For that depth, the Jazz have sacrificed their financial flexibility (approximately a combined $24 million) in three players who saw their minutes decline in the wake of Golden State's younger players, who eventually carried the Warriors to the second round of this year's NBA playoffs.

All three players' contracts expire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.

Jefferson averaged a career-low 3.1 points per game in just 10.1 minutes per contest last season for the Warriors. Utah will be his fourth NBA team. Biedrins is coming off a season in which he averaged career-lows in nearly every significant statistical category.

As for Rush, the former Kansas Jayhawk missed nearly the entire 2012-13 season with a torn ACL.

The NBA's annual moratorium over free agent signings and trades ends July 10. At that point, any and all player transactions may officially take place.

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) battles with Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins (15) and Klay Thompson (11) under the boards in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer, AP) FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) battles with Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins (15) and Klay Thompson (11) under the boards in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer, AP)

Matt Petersen is the sports Web editor for DeseretNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheMattPetersen.

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