Golden State Warriors: The 12 Best Free-Agent Signings in Team History

Chris CarsonContributor IApril 6, 2017

Golden State Warriors: The 12 Best Free-Agent Signings in Team History

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    After another disappointing season, the Golden State Warriors are looking to make some changes to the lineup.

    It's hard to tell who will be back next year.

    Dorell Wright and Reggie Williams both had solid years, but their contracts are up.

    Some signings may be on the horizon for the Warriors, so with that in mind, let's take a look back at some free agents of the past.

Mark Price

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    Mark Price played one of his last seasons in the Bay Area in 1996.

    With the Golden State Warriors, Price scored over 11 points a game.

    Solid, but not one of his better years.

    That year, the Warriors finished 30–52 and Price shot about 91 percent from the free-throw line.

Anthony Tolliver

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    In 2009, the Golden State Warriors brought big man Anthony Tolliver up from the D–League to finish the last half of the year.

    It was a rough season for the Warriors, one marked by injury and losses. Ultimately, they finished 32–50 overall.

    Tolliver however went above-and-beyond expectations, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds per game.

Mario Elie

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    In 1991 Mario Elie signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, where he remained for two seasons.

    In his time with the Warriors, Elie shot over 50 percent from the field, for an average of 13 points a game.

Dorell Wright

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    Long and athletic with a great jump shot, Dorell Wright may be one of the better free agents the Golden State Warriors have picked up.

    In his first year in the bay, Wright scored 15 points a game.

    Plus, he helped the defensively inept Warriors guard a little better, nabbing about a steal-and-a-half per game.

Derek Fisher

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    Derek Fisher is one of the most successful players to ever play the game.

    But from 2004–2006, Fisher took a break from championships and signed as a free agent to the Golden State Warriors.

    Fisher averaged double digits in points, over four assists and more than a steal a game in is two years with Golden State.

    Most of all, he brought a winners toughness to a losing team.

Jon Barry

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    In 1995, Jon Barry signed with the Golden State Warriors.

    He hardly played.

    Still, it was a nice gesture to his father.

Terry Teagle

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    Terry Teagle became a Warrior in 1984 and remained a Warrior until 1990.

    While playing with Golden State, Teagle became a scoring machine, averaging over 20 a game in four of his seven seasons.

Earl Boykins

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    The picture says it all really.

    At 5'5'', Earl Boykins has been able to stay in the NBA for the last 11 years.

    Part of his career was spent with the Golden State Warriors, where he scored almost nine points a game in just 19 minutes per.

Brian Cardinal

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    I was at a basketball camp and John Calipari told all of us that the best way to ensure success in basketball is to do one thing well. "Look at Brian Cardinal," he said, "he works harder than anybody in the NBA."

    This was in 2004 after Cardinal signed a contract worth $4 million with the Memphis Grizzlies. It was a contract that was based mostly on the way Cardinal had performed with the Golden State Warriors.

    Cardinal scored 16 points a game and grabbed seven rebounds. But what made him so valuable was his total disregard for his body.

Reggie Williams

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    Reggie Williams is another D–League addition and has been able to find a role after signing a 10-day contract.

    This year he has averaged about 10 points per game.

Speedy Claxton

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    Speedy Claxton was a stud at Hofstra, and after he signed on as a free agent for the Golden State Warriors, he continued the stellar play.

    He only played half the year with the Warriors in 2004, scoring over 13 points per game and dishing more than six assists per game.

Rod Higgins

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    Rod Higgins joined the Golden State Warriors in 1986.

    In total, Higgins played seven seasons with the Warriors.

    He was a steady contributor every year but his best season came in 1988 when he averaged over 15 points a game.