Golden State Warriors free agency update: the NBA champions are retaining one of their rotation players. Kevon Looney is staying with the team.
Looney is coming off of his strongest NBA season to date. The 6-foot-9 forward finished with career highs across the board, including in points (four per game), rebounds (3.3), and minutes (13.8).
Last year, the team turned down the chance to pick up Looney's option. After a strong defensive showing in the NBA Playoffs, it seemed like Looney might get some looks for a bigger role elsewhere.
Instead, he is heading back to Golden State on a minimum deal. The signing was announced Tuesday night.
After inking DeMarcus Cousins to a mid-level exception deal worth $5.3 million, it is hard to imagine Warriors free agency being this fruitful.
The team is above the salary cap, limiting the options that it had heading into the off-season.
Still, they were able to take a flyer on one of the sport's best centers. Now, they've locked down a useful young big man, who has improved year-over-year.
Signing Looney with a minimum deal is also big for the Warriors' luxury tax situation:
This appears to be a popular move with his teammates too. Jordan Bell, another Warriors forward, was pretty excited upon learning the news last night.
It's a pretty good week...year...well, it's been a pretty good half-decade for the Warriors.