After winning the 2022 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors are looking to run it back. Their main core players are still on the roster but key role players like Kevon Looney, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. are going to hit NBA free agency. Looney is already drawing suitors.
According to NBA reporter Marc Stein, the Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings are two of the many teams looking to sign Looney. After each team already agreed to terms with Golden State assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson and Mike Brown, respectively, to be their next head coach, they are looking to someone from the champions for help yet again.
…Kevon Looney’s forthcoming free agency will be monitored more closely than anyone might have imagined a month ago. Charlotte and Sacramento, soon to be coached by Golden State assistant Mike Brown, are among the teams said to be interested in signing Looney away from the Warriors….
Looney’s remarkable display of rebounding in the playoffs for the Warriors makes him a hot commodity among centers in this summer’s NBA free agency. The Hornets could really use a stronger interior presence for LaMelo Ball. With so many shooters on the roster, finding someone who can help on the offensive glass would be a great addition.
The Kings, with Domantas Sabonis and Richaun Holmes on the roster, don’t have a huge need for Looney. Perhaps their interest in him means that Holmes will soon be on the move. That will be difficult, though, since his ex-wife accused him of domestic abuse. Regardless, Looney could help the Kings play bigger and improve on the boards.
The Warriors, of course, will also need Looney next season. Signing him to a more expensive contract will push their luxury-tax payment up but such is the cost of competing for a title.