Feb 1, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Marreese Speights (15) and Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler (25) battle for position during the fourth quarter at The Palace. Detroit won 117-99. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Sign Marreese Speights

The Golden State Warriors have found their backup big man: Marreese Speights. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Warriors reached an agreement on a three-year deal with Speights, a former Cleveland Cavalier.


Speights averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds  with the Cavaliers in 18.5 minutes per game. He started the season with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he tallied 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. A January trade then sent him to the Cavs.

Speights’ role is very clear: serve as Carl Landry’s replacement. Landry signed a four-year deal with the Sacramento Kings on Saturday after the Warriors renounced the rights to re-sign him following the addition of Andre Iguodala.

At 6’10” Speights can play both the power forward and center positions. He’s primarily used as a power forward, but an Andrew Bogut seems inevitable, in which case Speights could slide up.

The signing of Speights likely means the Warriors are likely done beefing up their bench, which will include Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes/Klay Thompson, Kent Bazemore, Nemanja Nedovic (maybe) and eventually Festus Ezeli. Perhaps they add a point guard if Nedovic isn’t ready, but cheap point guards aren’t hard to find in this year’s market.

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