All summer long it appeared like Bosnian center Ognjen Kuzmic was going to be playing for the Golden State Warriors in the upcoming season. But with training camp just around the corner, Kuzmic is still not officially a Warrior. According to Warriors GM Bob Myers, the 2012 second round pick is closing in on a buyout with Unicaja Malaga, his team in Spain, that will allow him to officially join the Warriors in 2013/14. Kuzmic is currently healing a sprained ankle but Warriors GM Bob Myers still expects Kuzmic to report to camp. This is the first comment Myers has made about the possible arrival of Kuzmic and it appears Myers is optimistic that Kuzmic will be ready to go when the right time comes.
Signing Kuzmic to a guaranteed contract though means that either Kent Bazemore, DeWayne Dedmon, or Seth Curry will likely be out of a job once the regular season begins. Kuzmic, 23, averaged 6.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg for FIATC Joventut Badalona in 2012-13. Kuzmic is still an incredibly raw unproven talent. His massive frame allows him to be a good rebounder and rim protector. But his offensive game is mediocre at best and needs to develop for him to be a productive center. With Jermaine O’Neal and Mareesse Speights both infront of Kuzmic on the depth chart, he is currently the third-string center. When Festus Ezili returns from injury, look for Kuzmic to get sent down to Santa Cruz, the Warriors D-League affiliate.
For a player like Kuzmic, the D-Leauge is will only be a positive experience as he will be able to practice his offensive game, learning from the best , and will receive necessary game experience that he wouldn’t otherwise experience at the highest level.