The Warriors are close to coming to terms with restrictedfree agent Brandon Rush and are also on the verge of signing free agent powerforward Carl Landry, according to Mark Bartelstein, the agent for each player.The Warriors had made clear early in the offseason thatre-signing Rush, who averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, was apriority. Rush shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range in 2011-12, sixth in theleague.As a restricted free agent, Rush had the right to sign anoffer sheet from another team and then wait for the Warriors to match the offeror not. But Rush had failed to get a qualifying offer, and so he will simplycome to terms on a contract with Golden State.Landry played 41 games for the New Orleans Hornets lastseason, averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game. Landrywill likely back up power forward David Lee.Warriors general manager Bob Myers did not return a textmessage seeking comment.The re-signing of Rush and the signing of Landry would seemto indicate that the Warriors are done with their offseason for the most part.In late June, they drafted Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and DraymondGreen.On July 11, the Warriors acquired point guard Jarrett Jackfrom the New Orleans Hornets as part of a three-team trade with Philadelphiathat included Dorell Wright.And late last week, the Warriors signed free agent smallforward Kent Bazemore. With the additions of Rush and Landry, the Warriorsroster stands at 15 players, though not all of those contracts areguaranteed.Still, it appears that Mondays moves will likely mean theWarriors will not bring back forward Dominic McGuire.
OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.
They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.
And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”
Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.
Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.
The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.
It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.
“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”
Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.
“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”
Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.
“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”
These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.
“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.
“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”
The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.
“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.
“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”
The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.
Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.
Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc.
Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal.
NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.