We learned earlier today that the Warriors have signed or are signing Troy Hudson to a one-year deal. This is the latest in a summer of good (but not great) moves by the Warriors this offseason.
In Hudson, they get a point guard with quickness, a nice outside stroke, and some experience. That’s exactly what they needed.
The best part? Hudson will make the veteran minimum, which for him, entering his 11th season, is $1.2 million. So he’s cheap and well worth the financial risk.
Plus, Hudson has something to prove. He’s been injured most of the time lately. He played 34 games last year and 36 the year before. He played just 29 games in 2003-04.
It will be interesting to see what he has left in those ankles. When he did play, he was pretty formidable. When he gets hot, it’s over. Remember his performance against the Lakers in the playoffs a few years ago? They couldn’t guard him.
It’s just the insurance the Warriors needed. With Baron having a reputation for getting hurt, the Warriors won’t have to turn the rock over to an inexperienced point guard in Monta Ellis, or have a forward run the show. Hudson has experience as a starter, on playoff teams, which allows Monta to float between both guard positions.
Nellie now has the option of starting Ellis at shooting guard without worrying about who’s going to spell Baron. Or, he could run Troy Hudson and Monta out there together on the second string.
It’s a very prudent move by Mullin.
By the way, Hudson is also a rapper. His alter ego, T-Hud, has put out three albums: The Stress of Both Worlds, Back on the Block, Vol. 1 and Undrafted. The latter, released in July, sold 78 copies in its first week.
If nothing else, he can perform on the Great Time Out stage at halftime.