The Golden State Warriors signed Marreese Speights on Monday to fill Carl Landry’s void, and on Tuesday, they reached an agreement with Toney Douglas to fill Jarrett Jack’s void.
Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com broke the news:
Source: Toney Douglas has accepted an offer from the Golden State Warriors.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 9, 2013
Douglas spent his first three years in the league with the New York Knicks. He averaged 9.0 points and a 13.7 PER (Player Efficiency Rating) in those three years combined.
The 29th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft was then traded to the Houston Rockets on July 11, 2012, where he spent about half a season before he was dealt again, this time to the Sacramento Kings. He averaged just 6.1 points in 17.1 minutes per game with the Kings.
Douglas, 27, will likely serve as Stephen Curry’s backup, unless Nemanja Nedovic, the 30th overall pick in this year’s draft, proves that he’s more capable.
The specifics of the deal have yet to be released, but Douglas probably didn’t cost the Warriors a lot of coin. He made just more than $2 million last year, and he’s been in the $1 million range in his previous three seasons–just your typical salary of a backup.
It’s not a headline-garnering move, yes, but Douglas is a solid defender that fits the job description of a backup point guard. That’s ultimately all the Warriors are looking for at this point.