Free agent forward/center Kevon Looney has agreed to a one-year, minimum deal to return to the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
The lanky UCLA product had his team-option declined after showing very little improvement throughout his first two seasons with the team, but after slimming down and getting in shape, the 6-foot-9 big man proved a valuable asset for the team, logging four starts in 66 appearances for the team.
Looney yielded interest from the L.A. Clippers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Atlanta Hawks, as he looked into a more prominent role with a team, but chose to remain with the Warriors due to his ongoing development and the team’s recent championship success.
The Warriors are rumored to only keep 14 players in their roster, due to the suffocating luxury tax bill that would come their way as a repeater team, now over approximately $19 million in the hole with only 12 players.
Golden State will reportedly look into adding two more wings (for cheap) before they wrap up negotiations for the summer.
Patrick McCaw could be one of them, if he goes for the right price — though as usual, the team will prioritize shooting and defense, putting both of those skills at a premium.