The Warriors announced they have extended a qualifying offer to swingman Brandon Rush. This formality of an offer, valued at just over $4 million, makes him a restricted free agent and gives the Warriors the right to match any offer sheet Rush may sign with another team.
But things may not even get that far. Golden State is making clear they want to keep Rush, a common ploy used to scare other teams away from making an offer.
Bob Myers: “We have a restricted free agent who we really like, and who we’re going to keep.”
Rush played in 65 games for the Warriors last season. He set career highs in points (9.8), field goal percentage (50.1) and three-point field goal percentage (45.2). His value with the Warriors has probably increased since it’s looking unlikely Golden State will get a better swingman in the draft. The Warriors are in pretty good shape if Rush is the back up at either shooting guard or the small forward position.
Rush and his agent can go hunting for offers. But any team that signs him to an offer sheet will probably have to wait
a week three days before knowing if they get Rush. That’s how long the Warriors have to match – and that salary cap space is locked up for the team who signs Rush to an offer sheet until the Warriors decide. Because of that, teams shy away from signing restricted free agents to an offer sheet if they think the team will match.
The Warriors and Rush can begin negotiating as soon as July 1, although knowing they have control might prompt the Warriors to wait. If Rush gets too high an offer, Golden State can let him walk. But if he doesn’t get an offer, that helps the Warriors in the negotiating.