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Warriors re-sign Kevon Looney for one year

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After a breakout season, Looney will return to Golden State.

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The 2018-19 roster for the Golden State Warriors is starting to take shape. A day after making a huge free agency splash, the Warriors have re-signed one of their own key players: Kevon Looney.

It was clear that the Warriors wanted to re-sign Looney, who had something of a breakout year in 2017-18, his third season. But the team did not pick up his option last fall, which means that they could only offer him $2.2 million this offseason. After his defensive performance during the playoffs, it seemed quite possible that some team would come knocking with a bit more money.

Either that never came, or Looney really wanted to stay in Golden State, because not only did he re-sign, but he did so for the minimum.

For a while, not picking up Looney’s option looked like a really bad move. Looney established himself as a big capable of both protecting the rim, and switching onto the perimeter in the pick and roll. But all’s well that ends well for the team.

Suddenly the Warriors’ frontcourt - which looked so sparse two days ago when JaVale McGee left - is looking good to go. Looney is back, along with Jordan Bell, Damian Jones, and the big catch, DeMarcus Cousins.

It’s been a great offseason for the Dubs.