The Golden State Warriors have had a busy offseason, one that’s coming very close to filling out their roster for the 2018-19 season.
After reportedly signing forward Jonas Jerebko (according to ESPN), inking a one-and-one deal with Kevin Durant and picking up DeMarcus Cousins for the taxpayer mid-level exception of $5.3 million, Golden State has officially re-signed forward Kevon Looney, the team announced on Tuesday.
The former UCLA star, who will turn 23 next February, will join a big man rotation that includes Cousins, Jordan Bell and Damian Jones. Both Bell and Jones are playing in the Las Vegas summer league for the Warriors.
The four centers are younger and more athletic than 37-year old David West — who has yet to announce whether or not he will retire — and 30-year old JaVale McGee, who took a veteran minimum to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this week.
After a summer spent playing against LeBron James and other NBA luminaries during the vaunted pick-up games at his alma mater, Looney provided a boost in the playoffs, averaging 18.4 minutes per game with five starts. Playing in all 21 playoff games, Looney shot 54.2 percent from the field and averaged 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 4.1 points.
Looney, who overcame the hip troubles that stalled his career for the past two years, averaged a career-high 13.8 minutes per game for the Warriors during the regular season, with an effective field goal percentage of 58.3. He set career highs in field goal percentage (58.0), rebounds (3.3), assists (0.6), steals (0.5), blocks (0.8) and points (4.0).