When it was over on July 5 Warriors general manager Bob Myers was finally able to exhale a long satisfying breath. The previous five days had been a whirlwind with Golden State one of five teams included in the very public chase of the league’s top free agent—center Dwight Howard—all while pulling strings behind the scenes in hopes of landing Denver wing Andre Iguodala a better fit for the upstart team.

The front office had been aggressive from the beginning of free agency and had been putting in 20-hour days since free agency kicked off on July 1. They knew that Howard was a longshot to come to the Bay Area but Iguodala was more realistic. Sort of.

“Andre was still a longshot too” Myers told Sporting News. “And it looked like more of a longshot as we were going through the process. I remember walking into my house late at night just about every night that week and telling my wife ‘This is disappointing because no one cares about the work you put in they just care about the result.’ We were ready to not get the result. You can say you tried really hard but no one wants to hear that. Many times it looked futile. I killed it five 10 20 different times. I said ‘We’re not getting him we can’t do it.’”

But the Warriors did in the end get Iguodala and in doing so made one of the most important free-agent signings in the history of the franchise one that figures to have a big impact on the West race this year. The Warriors have been rebuilding for what seems like two decades. After a breakthrough in the postseason last year though Golden State now is viewed by players around the league as a free-agent destination. It is impossible to overstate how badly all 30 teams want to be seen that way.

To fully appreciate what a bellwether move this was for the Warriors go back to the winter of 2011. In the hectic days after the lockout the Warriors thought they had locked up center Tyson Chandler to a $60 million deal. That was before the Knicks swooped in though and made Chandler a pitch worth $6 million less than the Warriors deal. Chandler saw the Knicks as a better opportunity and went to New York.