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Zaza Pachulia says free agency started well, then it ‘got quiet’

Zaza Pachulia

Zaza Pachulia joined the Golden State Warriors as a consultant on Thursday, but this was not the plan this summer.

Pachulia, who played for the Detroit Pistons last season, spoke to a few teams this offseason once free agency started. The former NBA big man says his free agency started well, then it all of a sudden “got quiet.”

As a result, Pachulia was forced to retire, but he’s excited to join the Warriors as a consultant.

“Free agency started an interesting way,” Pachulia told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “Got a couple calls. Had some conversations with different teams. I don’t want to mention the teams, but it was good start.

“Toward the end of July, middle of July, it got quiet. That’s where I felt (retirement was possible). Even though it meant for me to start another chapter, I was as excited as (if) a team (was) calling me to play another year. We’re not talking about just any franchise. We’re talking about the Warriors. Best in the business.”

Zach Pachulia was a member of the Warriors’ 2017 and 2018 championship teams. He put up 3.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 68 games with the Pistons last season.

Pachulia finishes his NBA career with averages of 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 1,098 games with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Warriors, and Pistons.