With news (predictably) breaking today that the Golden State Warriors had re-signed restricted free-agent Brandon Rush, the Dubs completed their offseason shuffling.
And they go into the month of August with one hell of a hand.
Rush, who signed a deal identical to the one the Warriors gave Carl Landry—two years, $8 million—gives Golden State a capable backup wing to play behind Klay Thompson and (probably) Harrison Barnes. He’ll be asked to provide the same three-point shooting and solid defense that made him the Warriors’ most productive bench asset last season.
More importantly, Rush represents the final piece in the Warriors’ offseason overhaul. With Landry and Rush under contract, Golden State’s roster is now up to the 15-man limit. Barring some unforeseen trade, this will be the unit Mark Jackson has to work with in 2012-13.
The roster put together by GM Bob Myers and Co. is the most balanced collection of talent the Warriors have had in decades.
There’s plenty of outside shooting with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes and Rush. Landry and Bogut give the Warriors two legitimate inside bangers on the offensive end. Landry, in particular, provides the accomplished post-up game the Warriors have long gone without.
Bogut, Landry and undrafted signee Kent Bazemore give the Warriors a handful of actual defensive players. There’s plenty of youth with the Warriors three rookies—and the rest of the roster is still young, as well.
Richard Jefferson, Jarrett Jack, David Lee and Bogut have some veteran experience—and Jefferson and Jack have played in their share of postseason contests.
By virtually any measure, Golden State has had its most successful offseason in recent memory. And the front office did it without blowing money on a splashy free agent signing or trading assets to move up in the draft. The moves made by Myers were all quiet, intelligent and calculated to address the roster’s specific needs.
Whatever the assembled talent ultimately does (or doesn’t) achieve, the Warriors have well-constructed squad on paper right now. And that’s just about all you can ask for at this point.