After landing the most sought after free agent Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors roped in Zaza Pachulia to a one-year deal on Monday.
Pachulia replaced Andrew Bogut, who was traded to the Dallas Mavericks earlier to create room for Durant’s contract. The free agent center agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with Golden state, according to the Yahoo Sports.
How much value will Pachulia add to Warriors’ dream-team?
Pachulia joined Golden State as a starting center. The Warriors will use their entire room exception to sign the center.
The 2016-17 Warriors’ team is one of the most talented teams in the NBA’s history. A roster comprising of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West has no dearth of talent and experience. This team is the most talented team in NBA’s history since 1980, according to Basketball-Reference.com‘s projection system, which evaluates and predicts each player’s box-plus-minus for the upcoming season and sums up the projections of each team.
Even if the Warriors don’t add another player, they’ll easily surpass LeBron James’ Miami Heat of the 2011-2012 in terms of collection of talents in the history of league’s last four decades.
The Warriors are garnering interest from role players in the free agency market. Although the franchise can offer minimum contracts, players want to be part of their powerhouse to compete for the championship.
Pachulia passed on more lucrative deals to play alongside the likes of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
Veteran star and future Hall of Famer Ray Allen, one of the NBA’s best shooter is considering to make a comeback in the league, and prefers to land in Golden State or Cleveland Cavaliers.
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