With both their mid-level and bi-annual exception used up, the Golden State Warriors can now only sign players using the minimum, but that doesn’t mean they can’t bring in productive players.
Obviously, Rush is a player who Warriors fans are well-acquainted with. Acquired in a trade with the Pacers before the 2011-2012 season, Rush was a valuable sub who could shoot from distance and play solid defense. He averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 65 games that season, and he also shot 45.2 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Unfortunately, he tore his ACL early in the 2012-2013 season, and has not been the quite the same ever since. After missing the entire year, Rush was dealt to the Jazz, where he saw minimal action in 38 games last season.
There is no doubt, however, that he will be on an NBA roster come next season. The Warriors were among 18 teams that watched him work out in Las Vegas, and GM Bob Myers said on the radio that the Warriors would welcome him back.
Whether he will take the minimum to return to the Warriors remains to be seen.
Another players linked to the Warriors is Casspi, who is expected to be released by the Pelicans after being dealt by the Rockets as part of the Omer Asik trade.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports that the Warriors, Knicks, Mavericks, and Lakers are interested in signing him. Casspi, a five-year veteran who was drafted in the first round by the Kings in 2009, averaged 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in 71 games for the Rockets last season. He has a career three-point shooting percentage of 35.2 percent, so considering his 6’9″ frame, could be a stretch-four option for Steve Kerr and the Warriors.