Monday the Warriors announced they will be exercising their $3.8 million club option on Marresse Speights’ contract for the 2015-16 season.
Marcus Thompson from the Bay Area News Group reported:
Warriors picking up the option for Marreese Speights' … $3.8 million was too much of a bargain to pass up
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) June 29, 2015
A bargain it is when you consider what it will likely cost the Warriors to keep Draymond Green around. At age 27, Speights appeared in 76 games (9 starts) for Golden State last season. He saw an average of 15.9 minutes of court time, and in that time he averaged 10.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting and 4.3 rebounds. His numbers dropped just a tad during the championship run where he averaged 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds in just over 6 minutes of playing time per night. He of course did not see much time during the finals, but there is no doubt his presence on the floor was instrumental in some key situations and wins for the squad. He was in the discussion for Sixth Man of the Year after his impressive start, and as Thompson points out, it’s pretty much a no-brainer for the Warriors to keep him around.
While we all pretty much expect to see the same group of players in the mix for the Warriors next season, free agency is less than 24 hours away. Championship roster or not, you always look to re-tool your team and prepare them for a title defense. Rumors emerged Tuesday that Golden State is interested in San Antonio sharpshooter Marco Belinelli. Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears reports:
Warriors have interest in Spurs free agent sharpshooter Marco Belinelli, a source told Yahoo Sports. Ex-Warriors guard career 39% 3P shooter
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 30, 2015
Belinelli is a vintage San Antonio product. A guy with essentially one elite tool — shooting. So the Spurs pick him up and ask him to do that. That and not much else. 71 percent of Belinelli’s shots came from 16 feet or farther, and he shot 37.4 percent from three-point land. When you run a team like the Warriors with the best back court shooting in the league, it isn’t difficult to understand why they’d want to land this guy.
The Spurs are believed to be the frontrunners in the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes, and if they do indeed sign him, they likely will not have much cap space left over to sign Belinelli.
Fresh off a title, the only other team the Warriors seem to have to compete with for Belinelli’s services are the Charlotte Hornets. Surely Golden State can make the Italian an offer he can’t refuse.