Warriors’ Andrew Bogut expects Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights will get ‘a lot of money’ in free agency

Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes (40) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes (40) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – Warriors center Andrew Bogut expects that his teammates in contract years will ultimately be rewarded for the season the team is having.

That includes Harrison Barnes, who is averaging a career-best 11.3 points per game, yet has seen his field goal percentages drop from last season. Barnes, who missed 16 games due to a sprained ankle, will become a restricted free agent this offseason after reportedly rejecting a four-year, $64 million offer from the Warriors before the season.

“We’re winning,” Bogut said Tuesday when asked about Barnes. “A lot of guys are sacrificing numbers and minutes and roles on this team, and that’s why we’re a great team. Harrison’s had great games, he’s had bad games just like everybody else on this roster. So I don’t anticipate it affecting his contract situation and all that. I mean, someone’s going to be giving him the max. Let’s be honest. Someone’s going to give him close to the max. There’s always a small-market team that would love a guy like Harrison as their No. 1, No. 2 option. So I don’t think it’s going to have any bearing on his financial future.”

Bogut also highlighted the contributions of Marreese Speights, who in the final year of a three-year, $11 million deal after a slow start has emerged into a 3-point shooting threat and played well after Festus Ezeli underwent knee surgery.

Ezeli last week conceded that it wasn’t an “ideal” contract year for him missing an extended of period of time.

But Bogut believes that the Warriors on this team will be paid handsomely.

“I think people know that everyone on this team is more valuable than their contract says just from the basis of what they’ve given up,” Bogut said. “You look at a guy like (Andre) Iguodala and even Mo Speights right now, Festus, all these guys probably could make more on other teams.

“Mo’s been absolutely huge for us this season, and someone’s obviously going to give him a lot of money. Hopefully, it’s us.”


Warriors’ Marreese Speights having ‘worst…most frustrating’ year minutes-wise, but he’s willing to sacrifice

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

DALLAS – Warriors big man Marreese Speights is on pace for the worst season of his career in terms of minutes, scoring and shooting percentage.

Still, on Wednesday before he could get more of an opportunity to play with Festus Ezeli out of action, Speights maintained that he was willing to sacrifice in order to be a part of a championship team.

“This year has probably been the worst,” Speights said of the having his minutes fluctuate. “This year has probably been the most frustrating. But at the end of the day, I understand that if you’re winning, that goal at the year is one of the great feelings ever in the world.

“Every guy wants to play, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to sacrifice if you’re on a great team. I could go leave here and go play on a bad team and play a lot of minutes and get stats, but what is that really proving, you know what I’m talking about?”

Speights did not play in two of the Warriors’ three previous games and is averaging 4.8 points in 9.6 minutes per game. He said he still felt comfortable given that he had been practicing “really well.” He said that while it appears he hasn’t adjusted well to play more power forward, he has only played limited minutes at a time there.

“I learned from leaving Memphis to go to Cleveland that you’ve just got to be patient, man,” Speights said. “You never know what could happen. It’s a long season. Things turn around quick, and the opportunity will come back.

“I’m going to keep working, and I’m going to get my opportunity again.”

Speights saw Andre Iguodala and David Lee accept bench roles on last season’s championship team, but says he bought in from the start.

“I know we’ve got a lot of people on this team who could play,” Speights said. “I make sure I support everything that happens. I can’t really be a circus player because being a good team – a championship team – you can’t be selfish. You’ve got to sacrifice.

“I’m just trying to get on the floor any way possible and see the ball go in and help my team win, but at the end of the day, we’ve been winning. It’s not really about me. I can’t really be down on myself because we’ve lost one game the whole year, so that’d be selfish of me to just worry about me, but I’m not like that. I’ll sacrifice doing on this team whatever role and whatever it is because I know I’m a solid role player, and I’ve been my whole life.”


Warriors’ Marreese Speights moves on from missed dunk

CLEVELAND – The last time Warriors big man Marreese Speights saw the court, he blew a wide-open breakaway dunk to end the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors went on to lose the game to the Cavaliers in overtime, and Speights after the 0-for-3 shooting performance did not play in the Game 3 loss. He indicated Thursday, hours before Game 4, that he quickly moved on from the missed dunk.

“Why would it be in my head?” Speights asked. “I played five minutes. Yeah, I missed a dunk, but at the end of the day, it happens in this league. People don’t realize I was plus-four that game.

“My confidence is always high no matter what it is. Missed dunk, (if I) missed eight shots in a row, I still impact the game in a different way as in playing defense, boxing out my man or helping out on defense.”


Warriors’ Marreese Speights pleads no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving in Florida

The Warriors’ Marreese Speights pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of reckless driving Monday that stemmed from his arrest in Tampa in August.

Speights, who paid $903 in fines and court costs, was originally charged with driving under the influence. He was arrested the morning after his 27th birthday and submitted to two tests showing unlawful breath alcohol content levels of .103 and .106 percent, according to the incident log.

The plea agreement was reached two months after Speights’ attorney filed a motion that evidence was obtained as the result of an illegal traffic stop, Matthew Aycox of the State Attorney’s Office of Hillsborough County said Tuesday.

A key reserve player for the Warriors this season, Speights scored six points in seven minutes Monday in a loss at Brooklyn.