Jason Kapono, the only player to lead the NBA in three-point percentage in consecutive years, has agreed to a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the Warriors, team sources said on Friday. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first broke the news.
Free agent Jason Kapono has agreed to a training camp deal with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 26, 2014
Kapono had apparently retired from the NBA after playing just 27 games for the Lakers in the 2011-2012 season, and played in Greece following his brief tenure with Los Angeles. It seems, however, that Steve Kerr and the Warriors see something in the 33-year-old, and are offering Kapono the chance to prove himself. (Also, perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not: Both Kapono and Warriors General Manager Bob Myers went to and graduated from UCLA.)
In training camp, which begins next week, the veteran Kapono will be vying for spots along with rookies Aaron Craft, Justin Holiday, and James Michael McAdoo. The competition should be fierce: Kapono is attempting to latch on with the Warriors to show he's still got something left in the tank, while Craft and the other undrafted rookies will hope to show Golden State's front office that they deserve the precious roster spot.
Kapono led the NBA in three-point percentage in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and ranks among the top sharpshooters in career three-point percentage. Per basketball-reference, Kapono ranks fifth on the all time list, behind Steve Kerr (first) and Stephen Curry (third), among others.