The Golden State Warriors is finally near completion after signing rookie forward Draymond Green. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors have reached agreement on a three-year, $2.6 million deal with the second-round pick. Wojnarowski went on to add that the Warriors had a team option for Green's third year of his rookie deal with only $250,000 of his $900,000 salary guaranteed.
Needless to say, the Warriors are high on what Green could bring to the team in his rookie season and beyond. Highly regarded for his all-around contributions and a projected first round pick, the Warriors were able to grab the Michigan State alum in the beginning of the second round. Gifted with an excellent basketball IQ, work ethic, and growth for transitioning to the NBA game, Green will work hard to dispel his perceived limitations with the support and backing of the Warriors franchise.
With no more rookie contracts to sign this year (Ognjen Kuzmic, the 52nd overall pick, will stay overseas and remained unsigned), the Warriors are expected to have four rookies on their 15-man roster this season. Harrison Barnes will either start or play major minutes off the bench at small forward. Festus Ezeli will battle Andris Biedrins for minutes to backup Andrew Bogut. Kent Bazemore will try to earn a role on the active roster as a shutdown wing defender.
The bigger news to come out of Green's signing is that the team is close to coming to terms with restricted free agent Brandon Rush and free agent power forward Carl Landry, according to Mark Bartelstein, the agent for both players. Widely expected to re-sign Rush, the Warriors are in the driver's seat in terms of dictating whether they will retain the restricted free agent. After failing to get a qualifying offer from another team (the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves were rumored to have interest in him), Rush will now reportedly come to terms on a contract.
As for Landry, he and Rush were connected in offseason talks due to their shared agent. Marcus Thompson II of Bay Area News Group previous reported that the Warriors were waiting to sign Green until after they organize deals with their last free agents.
As the backup power forward to David Lee, Landry will provide an instant post scoring threat who will be one of the key contributors in the Warriors second unit. Although rebounding is not his strongest suit, which is an area where Green can come in and help as a rookie, his production on offense will definitely give the Warriors another piece towards their playoff push.
The biggest question left out of these expected signings are whether this will push the team into the luxury cap. General manager Bob Myers insisted that the team was not willing to go into the luxury tax this year, but will the signings of Green, Rush, and Landry make that happen? Only time will tell whether the Warriors crossed into that area and the roster restrictions attached to it.
Warriors close to re-signing Rush, signing Landry, CSN Bay Area
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