May 19, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) in the first half in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
NBA Free Agency Update – Pacific Division
The Pacific Division hasn’t exactly been as active as the Southwest Division in NBA Free Agency, however several teams have certainly been trying to be (read: Kings). Friday and Saturday they made up for much of their inactivity in the opening days.
The biggest news Friday came via DeAndre Jordan who left close to $30 million on the table to leave Los Angeles, return to his home state and become a Maverick. Meanwhile the Lakers and Kings have been trying to be relevant, but have been having trouble landing significant free agents. Unless you consider malcontent: Rajon Rondo anything more than an experiment, especially adding him to the Kings locker room which is currently under it’s own secret storm.
Meanwhile the Suns were awaiting word from the most coveted free agent of the summer having thoroughly impressed LaMarcus Aldridge in their presentation. I had intended to get all the status updates up Saturday morning July 4th, but got caught up watching Summer League, so the Pacific division is going up today (Sunday) with an an additional day of updates.
We now know LaMarcus is headed to San Antonio which isn’t really a surprise. With Jordan and Aldridge settled the majority of the big name free agents are locked in. Moving forward we’ll provide updates for all divisions in one daily report
SIGNED: Draymond Green initially called off talks when the sides weren’t on the same page. We can assume he either wanted more money, more years or both. Initial reports were Tristan Thompson had signed a 5 year, $80 M deal, but Saturday we leaned those talks are stalled. Regardless, given these reports it’s fair to assume Green and his people used Thompson’s numbers as justification for what he should receive since he delivers on so many more areas of the court. In the end the Warriors and Green settled on 5 years at $85M.
UNSIGNED: G: Leandro Barbosa, G: Justin Holiday, C: Ognjen Kuzmic
Holiday looks like the odd man out as the Warriors are wing heavy.
OPTIONED: Brandon Rush exercised his player option and the Warriors exercised their team option with Marreese Speights
Leandro Barbosa says there's mutual interest in returning to Warriors next season and interest from other teams. http://t.co/o0hogUWSQh
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) July 1, 2015
Justin Holiday unlikely to return to the Warriors http://t.co/cvu5SyhPEy
— Sportando (@sportando) July 5, 2015
The Warriors extended a qualifying offer to Ognjen Kuzmic, but they did not do the same with Justin Holiday. Kuzmic becomes a restriced FA.
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) June 30, 2015
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