Grading the Golden State Warriors’ Free-Agent Signings

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Jermaine O’Neal, Center

Apr 10, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O

Jermaine O’Neal was brought to the Bay Area to serve as a temporary replacement for Festus Ezeli (out six-to-nine months). The 34-year-old big man proved that he still has gas left in the tank while playing with the Phoenix Suns last season. He improved his numbers from a year prior by averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Signing O’Neal is a small risk that can turn into a big one. Turning 35 years old this year, his body is diminishing. Backing up an injury-prone Andrew Bogut, O’Neal may see more playing time than expected, which would hurt himself and the Warriors. There were better alternatives on the market that would have given them more for their money, such as Chirs Kaman, Timofey Mozgov and Brandan Wright.
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