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Andris Biedrins to exercise player option, return to Warriors next season

May 24, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors Andris Biedrins during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

When a player averages less than one point and three rebounds per game over the course of a season, while possessing the option to come back for another year with the same team at a salary of $9 million, it doesn’t take a degree in advanced economics to figure out what the chosen course of action will be.

Andris Biedrins finds himself in this exact situation, and he has confirmed through his agent that he will indeed be picking up that player option to return to the Warriors next season, reports Chris Haynes of

Golden State will be very close to luxury tax territory next season, in part thanks to player options like this one. Richard Jefferson has an $11 million player option, and Carl Landry and Brandon Rush each have $4 million ones of their own, although Landry is said to be on the fence about picking up his.

The Warriors have close to $75 million in salary committed for the 2013-14 season, and that’s without Jarrett Jack, who is an unrestricted free agent. It’s why the thought of Dwight Howard adding Golden State to his list of free agent destinations is laughable, at best.

The big question for the Warriors this offseason is what they want to do with Jack. He frustrated fans to no end at times with his ball-dominant style of play, but he was an important part of what the team did all season long, and Mark Jackson frequently played him in crunch time alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Things look up considerably for the Warriors the following season, when the contracts of Biedrins and Jefferson will be gone, as well as that of Andrew Bogut, who is on the books for $14 million for just one more season. In 2014-15, only David Lee and Stephen Curry are under contract, with very reasonable team options in place for young talent like Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Festus Ezeli.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    That pic looks as if both players just smelled something funky.

  2. qpoiu1 - May 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    best contract in the league

  3. fm31970 - May 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Awkward for both. The team doesn’t want him, and he probably doesn’t want to play (and I use that word very loosely) there either. Still paying for the mistakes of past ownership is a bummer.

  4. saint1997 - May 24, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    This is the last step of GSWs move to contender-ship. Get rid of Biedrins and Jefferson, re-sign Bogut for less, move to San Francisco (I’m pretty sure that’s the season they do). They’ll still have enough money to extend their stars and also add some quality FA bench role players – people will want to live in San Fran and play with the Splash Bros

  5. bifford - May 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    He may be the most overpaid player in the NBA next year.

  6. anhdazman - May 25, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    If we could somehow move him to another team who is desperate for a backup center and possibly pay 1/2 of his salary. Not sure if the NBA would allow that. Biedrins put in some quality minutes in the playoffs. You just don’t want to be using him at the end of the game when teams might consider fouling him. After this season, he would be off their books.

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