The Golden State Warriors are looking to bolster their bench by signing free-agent big man Jermaine O’Neal and guard Toney Douglas to the roster.
Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York broke the Toney Douglas news on Tuesday afternoon:
Source: Toney Douglas has accepted an offer from the Golden State Warriors.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 9, 2013
ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted out the O’Neal news shortly after:
Jermaine O'Neal, I'm told, is bound for the Golden State Warriors— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 9, 2013
Chris B. Haynes of CSNNW.com noted that O’Neal’s contract is a one-year deal worth $2 million:
Jermaine O'Neal's deal with Golden State is one-year, $2 million, I'm being told. That's a solid pickup.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 9, 2013
O’Neal, a veteran center, has played for six different clubs during his tenure in the Association.
He most recently averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game coming off the bench for the Phoenix Suns, proving that he is still capable of playing at a high level after missing so much time with injury.
Prior to his stint in the desert, O’Neal spent time with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers—the team that drafted him No. 17 overall out of high school in the 1996 draft.
The veteran holds career averages of 13.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, rising to a superstar level in the early 2000s as part of a perennial contending Pacers squad.
The Warriors are hoping that he can continue his respectable level of play and possibly even start in a pinch, as pivot Andrew Bogut is notoriously prone to injury.
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Unfortunately, it’s been tough for the 34-year-old to stay on the court in recent years.
Despite having much better health than his two seasons with Boston, O’Neal still missed 27 games last year. It should be noted that a handful of those were to be with his daughter during a surgical procedure on her heart.
Meanwhile, Douglas should be in line for some big minutes after Jarrett Jack’s defection to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Douglas has bounced around the league in his four-year career, having stops with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.
His career averages are 8.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes of play.
Due to Klay Thompson and Steph Curry having a stranglehold on the starting backcourt spots, Douglas projects as a third guard who can come off the bench and ignite the offense if things are stagnant.
Coach Mark Jackson has to be excited about these two additions to his roster, one that is looking more and more like a championship contender after a surprise second-round playoff run in 2013.