The Warriors have moved rather quickly this offseason to both lock up their own free agents and sign a couple others, and that process continued Friday with the reported re-signing of starting center Zaza Pachulia.
Sam Amick reported that the big man from the country of Georgia has committed to the Dubs for another year at a salary of $3.5 million.
Zaza Pachulia back to the Warriors on a one-year, $3.5 million deal
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 7, 2017
In 70 games with the Warriors last season, Pachulia averaged 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while starting each game he played in. In the playoffs, Pachulia started all 15 games he played in but played fewer minutes on his way to his first NBA title. We’ll see if the 33-year-old Pachulia starts again next year, but he did earn a 20 percent pay raise and Golden State hasn’t really added any new starting-caliber big men in free agency.
As ESPN’s Bobby Marks points out, the Warriors’ luxury tax bill continues to soar with the signing of Pachulia, which will actually cost them about $12 million.
The cost of retaining Zaza Pachulia in Golden State is $12.4M. The contract for Pachulia is $3.4M with the… https://t.co/a8DGiOSW1U
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 7, 2017
There’s just one roster spot left for the Warriors, which figures to be filled by either JaVale McGee or another cheap center. The Warriors can only offer minimum deals to prospective free agents because of how far above the salary cap they are. Given how fast Bob Myers and company have moved to lock up their squad, the next signing could come soon.
For now though, count Stephen Curry as one member of Dub Nation excited to have Pachulia back. Within minutes of the re-signing news breaking, Curry took to Twitter.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 7, 2017