Andre Iguodala is scheduled to land in our community this week, an NBA free agent arriving technically via trade. There are a few things he should know about local sports history and guys coming off the free-agent market.

The first is that we've seen 'em all.

The Bay Area has seen transcendent stars, such as Barry Bonds, who was returning to his childhood roots, and Deion Sanders, who discounted himself to win a Super Bowl.

We've known accomplished but aging veterans, such as Rod Woodson, who passed this way on the highway to the Hall of Fame, and Frank Thomas, a surefire Hall of Fame inductee when eligible.

We've greeted those who came to rebuild careers, such as Jim Plunkett and Tyrone Wheatley, and those who came to prove they could win, like Gary Plummer and Rich Gannon.

We've seen studs such as Justin Smith and duds like Javon Walker. We've seen garden-variety disappointments like Nate Clements and pleasant surprises like Carlos Rogers. We've seen faded stars, like Hideki Matsui and Mike Piazza, and stars in full bloom, like Tim McDonald and Ken Norton Jr.

We've been surprised (Esteban Loaiza to the A's), stunned (Jeff George to the Raiders) and shocked (Lawrence Phillips to the 49ers).

But we've not seen an NBA free agent join the Warriors and make a distinct positive impression, which brings us to something else Iguodala should expect -- besides the $48 million he'll be paid through 2017.

Local fans are going to trip over their tongues to express their love for him. Iguodala will have to go wrong 4.8 million ways before October to deny himself a standing ovation on opening night at Oracle Arena.

The bar for free agents who are paid big money to wear a Warriors jersey is woefully low, set by Derek Fisher ($37 million over six years in 2004) and Corey Maggette ($50 mil, five years in 2008). Iguodala immediately becomes the most heralded free agent to actually choose the GSWs.

It's not that the Warriors haven't signed free agents who became effective. They've had plenty of guys -- Terry Teagle, Rod Higgins, Mario Elie, Earl Boykins, Anthony Morrow, Nate Robinson to name six -- become fan favorites. But each was coming from the CBA or the D-League or off the street.

Iguodala is coming from another playoff team, a decorated star joining a competitive Warriors team on a feverish quest to improve. He joins a franchise trying to shed old skin, one that for the past quarter century has responded to every hint of growth by cannibalizing itself.

Iggy represents the kind of move the 49ers routinely attempted and often completed under the Eddie DeBartolo ownership before the NFL adopting a salary cap.

An Olympic gold medalist and All-Star in 2012, Iguodala is joining the Warriors mere weeks after their deepest postseason run since 1977. He is, to be sure, a 6-foot-6 neon symbol of the runaway ambition of CEO Joe Lacob, in his 32nd month atop the organizational chart.

Whether Iggy embraces this status or regards it a burden is up to him. His reputation is that of a talented player who performs unevenly, fantastic one night but missing the next. At 29, the former University of Arizona star has to know the next four seasons are his last best chance to chase a championship.

That brings us to the third and most significant thing Iguodala should know about local sports history as it relates to free agents.

Only once have we seen a decorated athlete make the personal choice to move to the Bay Area and actually win it all here. Sanders -- colorful, controversial and the NFL's best cover cornerback -- signed with the 49ers in 1994 specifically because he considered them likely to win the Super Bowl.

Prime Time immediately became an essential component of the team that rolled to victory in Super Bowl XXIX.

Yes, former free agent Barry Zito played an important role in the Giants winning the 2012 World Series. That, however, was a degree of vindication after five years of futility. Besides, he already was stitched into local fabric after a seven-year stint with the A's.

Plunkett was plenty decorated at Stanford but landed in Oakland, where he won a Super Bowl, because he wasn't highly coveted.

Aubrey Huff played a significant role in San Francisco's 2010 Series championship but arrived undecorated.

Success for Iguodala is defined as being an integral part of Warriors teams making annual playoff runs and being chosen for a couple All-Star games. He need not deliver a championship.

Becoming the first NBA free agent worthy of a megabucks salary paid by the Warriors, now that would be something we've never seen.

Contact Monte Poole at mpoole@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/1montepoole.