David West, Zaza Pachulia reunion unlikely after Jonas Jerebko signing
The Golden State Warriors are applying the finishing touches to their roster for the upcoming season. The recent signing of former Utah Jazz forward Jonas Jerebko appears to indicate that either David West or Zaza Pachulia — both free agents — will end up being cut from the team prior to opening night.
According to Warriors insider Anthony Slater, the team is looking to cap their final roster at 14 players. With the addition of Jonas Jerebko, Golden State already have 13 players on their team, including just one remaining big man slot for either David West or Zaza Pachulia.
The 14th slot is reportedly allocated for Patrick McCaw, who also happens to be a free agent after his two-year minimum deal expired after the 2017-18 season. Even if the Warriors decide against re-signing the 22-year-old shooting guard — whose young career has been marred by several injuries — the team will still look to fill this slot with another guard or wing.
David West joined the Warriors in the 2016-17 season, and has established himself as an important role player, as well as a veteran presence on the team. In his two years in Oakland, the two-time All-Star has produced per game averages of 5.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 13.1 minutes off the bench.
Similarly, Pachulia has also been with the Dubs for the past two seasons. He has been the starting center throughout his spell with the Warriors, and has somewhat gained a reputation of being the team’s resident bruiser. In 16.1 minutes per ballgame, the 34-year-old Georgian averaged 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in two years.
With the signing of free agent DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors have no shortage in the big man category. Despite the departure of JaVale McGee, Golden State still have the likes of Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney on their squad. This virtually guarantees that come the start of next season, either West or Pachulia will not be in a Warriors uniform.