The Golden State Warriors are one of the younger teams in the NBA, which, considering their success in the playoffs this year, makes them a team with arguably the most potential in the entire league. They have their core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut and are looking to see where they can go moving forward.
However, the Warriors have some unfortunate restraints this season as they try and build off their success, mainly concerning their ability to sign free agents. Because of the money that they have on their books for next year, it may be hard for them to retain Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, two important role players for them this year, and will be difficult to sign many key free agents.
Though no one expected anything contrary, one of the most unfortunate things that they financially have to deal with is that Andris Biedrins accepted his player option for next season, meaning the Warriors will pay the center $9 million next year. In case you haven’t heard or seen Biedrins play lately, he’s maybe worth a small fraction of that amount.
Biedrins played in 53 games for Golden State this season and actually started nine of them. However, he played just 9.3 minutes per game and looked poor doing so. He averaged just 0.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game on just 47.6 percent shooting. To add insult to injury, he also averaged 1.9 fouls per game, more than his points per game average.
It really wasn’t that long ago, the 2008-2009 season to be exact, when Biedrins averaged a double-double for the year. That time has long since passed, though. Now he’s crippling the Warriors financially and keeping them from making real progress towards becoming a contender. To be honest, it’s really just quite saddening.