Update: Tuesday, July 31 -- Maxwell Ogden
Bleacher Report relayed an earlier report that Brandon Rush was indeed returning to the Golden State Warriors. Just hours later, it was revealed that Rush had signed a two year deal worth $8 million just one year after shooting 45.2 percent from distance.
ESPN.com has the report via The Associated Press.
Rush agreed to an $8 million, two-year deal Tuesday to stay with the Golden State Warriors after becoming the team's most reliable reserve last season. Rush's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said the second year of the contract is a player option. The deal is pending a physical that Rush will take in the next few days.
With Rush under contract, the Golden State Warriors now have a perimeter that includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Brandon Rush, Harrison Barnes and Richard Jefferson. Throw in Jarrett Jack and versatile rookie Draymond Green and the Warriors could compete sooner than we had expected.
Update: Tuesday, July 31 -- Joel C. Cordes
It's been long expected that Brandon Rush would return to the Golden State Warriors. They've scared off suitors by promising to match any offers for their restricted free agent. Rush has also failed to attract such an offer on the open market anyways.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson makes the re-signing seem even more imminent by Tweeting:
From the sounds of it, the paperwork details should be coming out shortly...
- Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Top Free Agents offseason tracker.
Update: Monday, July 30 -- Maxwell Ogden
According to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com, the Golden State Warriors are on the verge of re-signing sharpshooting defensive expert Brandon Rush. This comes as a result of an uneventful offseason for Rush, whose value was marred by the Warriors' dedication to re-signing him.
As a restricted free agent, Rush had the right to sign an offer sheet from another team and then wait for the Warriors to match the offer or not. But Rush had failed to get a qualifying offer, and so he will simply come to terms on a contract with Golden State.
Brandon Rush is coming off of a season in which he shot 45.2 percent from distance. He also averaged a career best 9.8 points per game and played the role of lead perimeter defender for the up-and-down Warriors.
He'll reprise that role in 2013.
-- Report via B/R's Free Agent tracker
Update: Wednesday, July 25 -- Joel C. Cordes
Brandon Rush wants to return to the Golden State Warriors, but he also wants a long-term deal (just like everyone else in the NBA). However, given that there haven't been many outside offers, Rush's agent Mark Bartelstein doesn't have a lot of leverage except to play nice.
Warriors insider Rusty Simmons has quoted Bartelstein as saying:
(Rush) "had a great year, he loved playing for the Warriors, the fans treated him great, and Coach (Mark) Jackson treated him great. Everything was real positive.
The nature of the business for restricted free agents is that they have to get an offer sheet from somebody else. ... With that being said, if we can work something out long term with the Warriors, we’d be interested in that also.”
The Warriors have likely scared off suitors by promising to match any offer. Brandon of course would like them to get around to sending HIM an offer one of these days...
Update: Tuesday, July 24 -- Maxwell Ogden
With the 2012 class of free agents has been gutted of all big names on the market. What remains, however, are more than a handful of valuable role players whose upside is tremendous and skills well-honed.
Swingman Brandon Rush headlines that class, as his lockdown defense and lights out three-point shooting would be of value to any team. If Rush had it his way, however, he wouldn't be going anywhere new.
Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld.com has the story.
“It’s been going pretty well, just talking with some teams and trying to figure out where I’ll be next year,” said Rush. “Hopefully I’ll be back in Golden State.”
This should be music to the Golden State Warriors' ears. Rush shot 45.2 percent from distance in 2012 and would remain the best perimeter defender on the roster.
Finding playing time alongside Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson could be tough. The deal, however, would be worth Golden State's while.
--End of Update--
According to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com, Warriors general manager Bob Myers wants to keep Brandon Rush. The team's ability to do so, however, hinges upon the price they must pay to retain him.
Steinmetz speculates that:
If a team were to offer Rush a contract starting at $3 million or so and build up, the Warriors would likely match and retain Rush. But if a team were to offer Rush most, or all, of the $5 million mid-level exception, that might be too high a price for the Warriors.
This comes on the heels of Myers' statement that he wants to retain Rush's services. The Warriors certainly placed themselves in the proper position to do so upon extending a qualifying offer.