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Report: Warriors to sign Marreese Speights to three-year deal

Jul 8, 2013, 8:04 PM EST

The Warriors depleted their bench while upgrading their top six, which is a pretty good tradeoff. In the playoffs, where Golden State is and should now be focused, rotations shrink and a team’s best players matter more.

But it doesn’t hurt to have depth, and this should help bolster the Warriors’ bench.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

It’s not immediately clear how much the contract is worth, but Marreese Speights to declined to opt into the final year of a contract that would have paid him $4,515,000, so that hints at what he was seeking.

Speights can step into Carl Landry’s role as a pick-and-pop power forward who can rebound, and that’s nice fit with Stephen Curry. Speights can also play center, which is a nice fit with the injury-prone Andrew Bogut.

Because Jarrett Jack is headed to Cleveland, Speights’ old team, perhaps the Cavaliers and Warriors can work out a sign-and-trade, allowing Golden State to maintain its full mid-level exception and the ability to further re-assemble its bench.

If the Warriors play their cards right, they could dump their bad contracts, get Iguodala and Speights and still have $5.15 million to spend on another free agent.

  1. bellerophon30 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    You’d think that any reasonably priced center-type that’s out in free agency would want to go to Golden State, where the fragile Bogut would be all that stood between them and heavy starter’s minutes.

  2. tampajoey - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Marreese Speights has some skills. Great signing for the Warriors. Good Luck Marreese!

  3. wadecounty93 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I follow Memphis and was kinda upset when they got rid of him and Darrell Arthur, they played some good ball while coming off the bench. They can both ball but this is a good pick up for the Warriors, cant wait for the season to start already!

    • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      I was gonna post the same thing about the season starting. I already can’t wait to see what the following teams, in no particular order, are gonna do:

      Blazers
      Cavs
      Magic
      Warriors
      Philly
      Rockets
      Nets

      • wadecounty93 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        The Warriors and Rockets will make some noise in the playoffs. The Nets and Cavs will make the playoffs but wont go far. The Magic and Sixers have some work to do but I like the direction that Orlando is in. And for the Blazers they will be improved but the West is just to tough right now. For me Go Heat and Memphis.

      • dondada10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        I don’t think all those teams are gonna be good. The Blazers and Cavs may be 7/8 seeds, and Philly and Orlando are gonna be under .500. I just wanna watch them play.

        Hell, throw the Bulls on that list.

  4. loubearkane - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Thats a good singing one or two more role players would wrap a good offseason.

  5. unxpexted1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    great signing with Landry leaving

  6. xxakshunxx - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Iggy and Speights reunion

  7. tylerhartling1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    always loved speights in philly. a coach like mark jackson will really bring out the best in him.

  8. lakerh8er - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Dubs are making the right moves!

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Solid signing. I love when FA pick-ups make sense like this.

  10. unxpexted1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    If the Dubs can sign a respectable back up point guard (not sure who is still out there) but they could end up with one of the better offseasons. Jarrett Jack was a big loss, got to get someone to replace him, especially with Curry’s iffy ankles.

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