Well, to nobody’s surprise, Richard Jefferson will return to the Golden State Warriors next season.
Jefferson has made the decision to opt into his final year and will collect $11 million for the 2013-14 season. Jefferson will then become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014. Jefferson’s contract, which was signed and completed back in 2010, gave him a player option for the 2013-14 season and following the team’s success and the $11 million pay check, the decision was fairly obvious.
Just last week, Andris Biedrins also made the decision to opt into his contract for next season and he will accept $9 million.
The Warriors put together a solid season this past year, led in large part by the production of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the back court. The future is bright for Golden State, but the decisions from both Jefferson and Biedrins limit their cap space and potential this summer. With the two veterans returning, $20 million is gone for the 2013-14 season. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry are both free agents, so it’s going to be interesting to see what Golden State will look to do from here.
There are rumors circulating the Golden State could potentially be looking to move into the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, so keep an eye out for a potential trade as the month of June rolls along. Currently, the Warriors have no selections in this year’s draft.
The Warriors are competitive, but it remains to be seen if they can bolster their lineup for next season or if they will simply be forced to gear up and make another run with the squad that they have. Either way, Golden State should be in contention out west once again in 2013-14.
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