Most of the focus heading into free agency will be on Draymond Green. The power forward will be meeting with several teams this off-season, but all signs point to him coming back to the Bay Area. As a restricted free agent, Green can sign an offer-sheet with any team, but the Warriors should match any offer he accepts.
The Warriors also had to decide whether they wanted to exercise Marreese Speights’ team option, which is worth about $3.8 million. Well, it looks like they’ve finally made their decision. According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors will pick up the option, keeping the big man in the Bay Area for at least another season:
Warriors picking up the option for Marreese Speights' … $3.8 million was too much of a bargain to pass up
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) June 29, 2015
As Thompson mentioned in his tweet, this was a relatively easy decision for the Warriors considering what it’s going to cost them to keep Speights. The big man out of Florida didn’t get much playing time during the Finals, but he is still a very talented big man that has nice shooting range.
He played a big role during the season, but injuries slowed him down in the postseason. He is a great teammate and surely they guys will be very happy to have him back. Speights will have to prove that last year was no fluke and do it again next season. If he does, he can be in line for a nice contract after next year.