2014 NBA free agency rumor: Golden State Warriors sign Brandon Rush

That could turn into a really cool dance. - Ezra Shaw

After working out for 25+ teams in Las Vegas yesterday, Brandon Rush has reportedly agreed to return to the Golden State Warriors after one year of exile in Utah.

The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms with free agent guard Brandon Rush, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

After a poor year with the Utah Jazz due to a slow recovery from his 2012 ACL injury, Rush worked out for approximately 25 teams in Las Vegas yesterday to show that he could still play - given the speed with which the Warriors closed the deal, we have to assume that they liked what they saw.

Season

Age

Tm

G

GS

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT

FTA

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

2011-12

26

GSW

65

1

0.5

0.45

0.54

1.4

1.7

0.79

5.3

1.8

0.7

1.2

1.4

1.3

13.3

2012-13

27

GSW

2

0

0.67

0

0.86

2.9

4.3

0.67

1.4

2.9

0

0

4.3

7.2

20.2

2013-14

28

UTA

38

0

0.33

0.34

0.33

0.3

0.4

0.6

3.8

2.1

0.4

0.8

1.7

2.7

6.8

Career

329

105

0.44

0.41

0.46

1.1

1.5

0.72

4.8

1.6

0.8

0.9

1.4

2.2

11.9

Brandon Rush's production per 36 minutes over the last three years (via Basketball-Reference).

We've already discussed the balance of risk and reward that signing Rush entails, but the hope among the Warriors front office after watching him workout has to be the that last year's dip in performance was either a byproduct of a slow recovery and playing with an inferior team led by a coach that is no longer there.

Beyond that, we're just going to have to wait and see how this one turns out over the course of the upcoming 82 game season. But looking at this from Rush's point of view, that's what makes the deal a great opportunity for him as he tries to re-establish himself as a productive NBA player: he gets an opportunity to find his rhythm again with a talented unit that he's familiar with. If he succeeds, the Warriors get a productive bench player while he can opt-out of his second year of the contract to seek a bigger deal; if he struggles again, he can try again next season at minimal cost to the Warriors.

If nothing else, he's a great veteran locker room presence which won't exactly hurt the team.

(S/O JustSomeName for posting a fanshot about this first)

For more on how Rush might fit the Warriors, check out our previous post on him. For more on the Warriors offseason in general, check out our 2014 NBA Free Agency section.

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