By Marcus Thompson
Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 4:50 pm in Uncategorized.
The Warriors have agreed to a deal with free agent big man Marreese Speights.
Sources confirm reports that the 6-foot-10, 245-pound big man will get a multi-year deal from Golden State, which he will officially be able to sign when the moratorium ends on July 10. ESPN’s Marc Stein was first to report agreement. Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears reported it is a three-year deal.
Speights, 25, a five-year vet spent last season with Cleveland. He averaged a career-high 10.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting with 5.1 rebounds. While playing for Memphis, Speights gave the Warriors fits off the bench with his physicality. He is known for a having a midrange jumper and a mean streak.
How the Warriors get him is still unclear. He could be signed outright as part of the mid-level exception. He could be signed-and-traded for guard Jarrett Jack (who agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with Cleveland). The Cavaliers could also sign Speights and trade him to Golden State for part of the Warriors’ trade exception.
* Lindsey Hunter, who coached the Phoenix Suns last season, is being strongly considered by Golden State coach Mark Jackson, sources said. Jackson lost his top assistant Michael Malone, who was hired as head coach of Sacramento. Pete Myers is expected to become the top assistant if the Warriors promote from within.