To the surprise of probably no one with even a little bit of basketball knowledge, Andris Biedrins will exercise his $9 million player option for the 2013-14 season, according to Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Obviously, $9 million is a large sum for Biedrins, who collected more fouls (101) than points (24) this past season. He also shot only 21 times. Yes, 21 shot attempts over a full season. He wasn’t one of Mark Jackson’s favorite options off the bench, but 21 attempts is a tad low.
Biedrins made the smart decision. No, it isn’t the popular decision among Warriors fans, but he’d be silly not to exercise his option because his value would be depleted in free agency. Perhaps five years ago, when he averaged 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, he would’ve opted to test the open waters, but his demise from budding center to merely a benchwarmer has been a frustrating pill for Warriors brass to swallow.
Biedrins’ contract is also hindering the Warriors from signing free agents and retaining their key players. Their 2013-14 payroll is currently more than $75 million, which does not include Jarrett Jack.
If Andrew Bogut gets injured, which is nowhere near out of the question based on his track record with injuries, Biedrins could see some minutes next year. Festus Ezeli ranks higher than him on the depth chart, though.