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Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week.
Impact: The Warriors announced Rush's signing Tuesday. The contract is for two years and about $2.5 million. Rush will hold the option in the second year of the deal. Rush was Golden State's top reserve and best perimeter defender during the 2011-12 season before tearing two ligaments in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Speights has been working hard on a treadmill this summer, motivated to show up to training camp in better shape than he did last season, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: We've seen and reported the "off season conditioning" story every year. There's one like this for at least one player on every team. For Golden State, it's the disappointing Speights, who apparently couldn't find it in himself to show up in the best condition possible after signing a three-year deal last offseason. Now, he faces life with a new coach and he wants to make a good impression. He suggested he could be a stretch four, the type of player new coach Steve Kerr is seeking, but he's a career 23-percent shooter (14-for-61) from deep. Kerr sees Speights has a backup center, but only if he's in good shape.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rush is expected to serve as a backup off guard and small forward for the Warriors, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: This is a similar role Rush played when he was the team's sixth man in 2011-12. In the current makeup of the roster, he won't be as important as a sixth man but he should be part of the rotation. His three-point shooting ability (career, 40.9%) should come in handy off the bench.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rush has agreed to a two-year deal with the Warriors, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Impact: This will be Rush's second stint with the Warriors, and in 2011-12 he had his best year as a pro, averaging 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds with 1.5 three-pointers in 26.4 minutes per game. There will undoubtedly be plenty of speculation about what will happen with the Warriors in the coming weeks, but it's pretty clear from reports from various news outlets that the T-Wolves would be willing to deal Kevin Love to Golden State if the Warriors were willing to send Klay Thompson back, so Rush could serve as Thompson's replacement in that scenario. That said, he's not close to being on Thompson's level, and it's perhaps more likely that the Warriors are done making big moves this summer, meaning Rush would be simply a bench option, holding little fantasy value.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Rush and the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a two-year contract. Agent Mark Bartelste says Rush will hold the option in the second season of the deal.
Impact: Rush was Golden State's top reserve during the 2011-12 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move that allowed the Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala. Rush played just 38 games for the Jazz last season after returning from that devastating knee injury. He has averaged 8.3 and 3.3 rebounds in six seasons.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rush will work out for multiple teams in Las Vegas on Tuesday in an attempt to land on an NBA roster, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Rush was disappointing in Utah last year as he averaged just 11 minutes per game and fell out of former coach Ty Corbin's lineup by the end of the season. He suffered a torn MCL and ACL in Nov. 2012 that still affected him mentally on the court. Corbin detailed this hesitancy in his game throughout the season and ultimately sat Rush in lieu of younger players. Tuesday's workout will be an attempt to show coaches and general managers that he's finally gotten over the mental hump of recovering from a major injury.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee underwent minor surgery to repair a core muscle in his pelvic area and will not train with Team USA in Las Vegas, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: It's just a minor procedure for Lee, though it knocks him out of contention to play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, which begins August 30. Lee will be sidelined for a few weeks with a goal of returning to the court in early August, well before training camp begins.