The Golden State Warriors are reportedly hoping to re-sign big man Kevon Looney once free agency starts on June 30. The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans are interested in signing Looney, according to NBA insider Sean Deveney.
Looney made $1,567,007 this past season with the Warriors. He's in line for a pay raise this offseason.
Sources say the Pelicans, in addition to the Rockets, are among several teams intending to pursue free-agent Kevon Looney. He's only 23 and could be a good fit with Zion Williamson.
BUT the Warriors are hoping to lock up Looney quickly, I'm told. More:https://t.co/OEw8ybhg6s
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) June 27, 2019
During the 2018-19 regular season, Looney averaged 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 61.9 percent from the free-throw line. The Warriors could lose both DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Bogut this offseason, so keeping Looney is a priority for the Dubs. Cousins and Bogut become unrestricted free agents this summer, just like Looney.
In the 2019 playoffs, Looney put up 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. He earned a lot of respect throughout the league after playing in the NBA Finals on a fractured collarbone which he suffered in Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors.
The Warriors' main objective this summer is obviously to re-sign both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Thompson is widely expected to be back, while the future of Durant is unknown. Golden State would hate to lose Looney to the Pelicans or Rockets, especially Houston.
The Rockets and Warriors have developed a rivalry over the past few seasons.