There are three ways an NBA team can improve its roster: the draft, trades and free agency. Since becoming an NBA club in 1949, the Golden State Warriors have frequently built a solid roster, mostly because the front office has always been aggressive in the draft, trades and free agency.
With that said though, in this piece, we take a look at the notable free-agent signings the Warriors have made in their rich history.
February 15, 1955
The Philadelphia Warriors signed Jackie Moore, who was part of the 1956 championship team. Moore averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds during the 1955-56 regular season.
July 1, 1972
Golden State signed Rick Barry after he returned from the ABA. The Hall of Famer finished his Warriors career with averages of 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
March 11, 1985
The Warriors signed Terry Teagle as a free agent. He appeared in 378 games with the franchise and averaged 13.7 points, 3.1 boards and 1.4 assists.
October 7, 1989
The Dubs signed Milwaukee Bucks great Marques Johnson as an unrestricted free agent. However, he was waived on November 29, 1989.
October 25, 1993
The Warriors signed Avery Johnson, who averaged 10.9 points and 5.3 assists for the team during the 1993-94 campaign. He played only one season in Golden State before going back to the San Antonio Spurs in 1994-95.
July 21, 1996
Golden State signed Cleveland Cavaliers legend Mark Price as a free agent. One of the greatest shooters ever, Price averaged 11.3 points, 2.6 boards and 4.9 assists in his lone season with the Warriors.
September 28, 2000
The Dubs and franchise icon Chris Mullin reunited for one last season. The Hall of Famer put up 5.8 points and 2.1 rebounds during the 2000-01 campaign before retiring from the NBA.
July 16, 2004
The Warriors signed Derek Fisher as a free agent. The former Los Angeles Lakers champion put up 12.6 points and 4.2 assists in 156 games with the franchise.
October 20, 2006
Golden State and Matt Barnes agreed to a free agent deal before training camp. The rugged defender averaged 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds from 2007 to 2008. Barnes was also part of the “We Believe” team.
January 26, 2008
The Warriors were able to sign former All-Star Chris Webber, but he played in just nine games during the 2007-08 campaign before calling it a career.
July 10, 2008
Golden State signed Corey Maggette, who put up 19.3 points in 121 games with the Dubs. He played two seasons with the Warriors.
January 4, 2012
The Dubs signed Slam-Dunk champion Nate Robinson, playing one season for the team and putting up 11.2 points.
July 7, 2016
In one of the most shocking free agency moves in NBA history, the Warriors were able to lure MVP Kevin Durant. KD won two titles and two Finals MVPs during his run with the Dubs, all while averaging 25.8 points per contest.
July 6, 2018
Golden State signed DeMarcus Cousins as a free agent. Boogie missed most of the 2018-19 regular season recovering from his Achilles tear. He wound up playing in 30 games with the Warriors and averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 boards.