The Golden State Warriors were facing a bit of a tight salary cap situation heading into the off-season. After an impressive showing in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, the Warriors faced losing Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry to free agency and not being able to do much about because of their hands being financially tied. However, they were able to find a way to still make things happened.
After getting the Utah Jazz to agree to a salary dump trade that got Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and Andris Biedrins off of their books, the Warriors were then able to land Andre Iguodala, one of the biggest prizes on the market. To much less hype, Golden State was also able to add power forward Marreese Speights.
Splitting time between two teams last season, Speights had a season one would have to describe as mediocre. In 79 total games, Speights averaged 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game, though he shot only 44.5 percent from the floor.
Speights is a decent offensive player and a below-average defensive player. However, he is a big physical player with a surprising amount of skill that can bring quite a few positive things to a roster. However, he might not get the chance to do much for this Golden State team.
Not only do the Warriors already have a better-than-average starter at the power forward in David Lee, but their bench lineups are likely going to largely be geared around playing small-ball with Harrison Barnes, who will likely come off of the bench this season, at the four after the success the team had with it in the postseason. That will likely leave Speights somewhat out in the cold in terms of Golden State’s rotation.
If he gets the chance, Speights could have real value to the Warriors. He could bring this team a physical presence in the post off of the bench that could be value. As things stand now, though, he’s not going to have much of a chance to bring that to the table.
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