Free-agent guard Brandon Rush will be reuniting with the Golden State Warriors after agreeing to a two-year, $2.5 million contract on Wednesday.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the news and added the financial details in a separate report:
Free agent Brandon Rush has agreed to a one-year deal with Golden State, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 16, 2014
Rush's deal with the Warriors will be two years -- not one. He'll hold a player option on the second year.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 16, 2014
Rush enjoyed arguably his best NBA season with Golden State in 2011-12, where he averaged 9.8 points per game and shot 45.2 percent from three-point range. With Jordan Crawford hitting the open market, this deal between the Warriors and Rush makes sense.
The addition of Rush, combined with the acquisition of Shaun Livingston this offseason, bolsters Golden State's backcourt rotation. How much Rush can contribute will ultimately depend on his health.
After just two games with the Warriors in the 2012-13 campaign, Rush tore his ACL. He then averaged just 11 minutes of time on the floor in 38 games with the Utah Jazz in 2013-14.
Rush appeared to address the adversity he's faced on Wednesday through Twitter:
Ppl just don't kno what I been thru the last 14 months. #soblessed— Brandon Rush (@BRush_25) July 16, 2014
Even with the injury history, though, there was considerable interest in Rush league-wide before he struck a deal to return to Golden State, per Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler:
For those that scoffed at Brandon Rush interest from NBA teams... quite the crowd for his work out. pic.twitter.com/FBjh1PDx9L— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) July 15, 2014
ESPN analyst Tom Penn weighed in on Rush's signing, per 95.7 The Game:
Tom Penn on just-breaking B-Rush back to #Warriors news: "Solid addition, if healthy, he's a great rotation player"— 95.7 The GAME (@957thegame) July 16, 2014
How will Brandon Rush fare with the Warriors in 2014-15?
First-time head coach Steve Kerr will need time to adjust to his new job as Golden State attempts to get over the hump in a deep Western Conference. Kerr will need all the help he can get, and a low-risk, high-reward signing like Rush could give his rotation more flexibility.
Rush may not pan out, but he is still just 29 years old and has proven his worth as a solid defender on the perimeter and a lethal sharpshooter from beyond the arc. This could turn out to be one of the underrated signings of free agency, and a nice redemption story, since Rush was in line to be a big contributor to the Warriors' future before the career-altering knee injury.