The Golden State Warriors appear to be closing in on acquiring two big offseason targets. One individual was a player they've grown fond of in their organization, the other is a player they hoped would come their way through free agency. It looks like they''ll accomplish both of their goals. Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area has this report.
The Warriors are close to coming to terms with restricted free agent Brandon Rush and are also on the verge of signing free agent power forward Carl Landry, according to Mark Bartelstein, the agent for each player.
The Warriors had made clear early in the offseason that re-signing Rush, who averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, was a priority. Rush shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range in 2011-12, sixth in the league.
As a restricted free agent, Rush had the right to sign an offer sheet from another team and then wait for the Warriors to match the offer or not. But Rush had failed to get a qualifying offer, and so he will simply come to terms on a contract with Golden State.
Landry would provide Golden State with an excellent rebounding presence off the bench who can hustle, grab boards, and clean up to put in buckets. Landry would likely be brought in to spell David Lee off the bench at the power forward position.
Rush has been a player Golden State was high on this offseason, and it looks like he's taken big steps to securing his future with this potential deal the Warriors have lined up for him. Rush is slated as a small forward and should very well compete for the starting small forward spot with Harrison Barnes.
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