With a two-year $8 million deal, the Warriors retained the NBA's sixth-best three-point shooter. Rush will likely come off the bench to support both wing positions for Golden State next year. He'll provide solid perimeter defense to go along with his elite shooting stroke.
Though Rush's return seemed likely, it ended up being the Warriors' final roster move this offseason. As the last personnel decision of the summer by GM Bob Myers and his staff, the Rush signing closes out a roundly successful offseason.
In just the past two days, the Warriors committed a total of $16 million to two integral role players. Both Rush and Landry have the ability to opt out of their deals after this season, so if they perform well, it's possible they'll leave Golden State. That's certainly a bummer, but it would mean that the Warriors would have $8 million more to spend in the loaded 2012-13 free-agent market.
However it shakes out down the road, the Rush signing—and the identical Landry deal—shows that the Warriors' front office is no longer a joke.
Myers and Co. shrewdly made it clear to any potential suitors that they'd match any offer sheet extended to Rush. As a result, Rush received precisely zero offers, meaning the Warriors were able to bring him back at a discount. That's a heady move by Golden State, and one that past Warrior front offices wouldn't have made.
In addition, Myers immediately focused his offseason sights on Landry, who shares an agent with Rush. There's no question, given the identical deals Rush and Landry signed, that the pair came as something of a package. Another wise strategy by the front office.
Overall, the fact that the Warriors scared off Rush's suitors, signed Landry to a below-market deal, and managed to do all this while staying at (or just slightly under) the luxury tax is a true testament to the culture change in Golden State.
For the first time in awhile, the Warriors are actually a desirable destination. The front office is taking advantage of that fact by making all the right moves. Rush was just the last in an impressive series this summer.