Has the April Fools pranked backfired on the Golden State Warriors? As center Festus Ezeli is now in the mix of a rumor circulating that he is opting for free agency even if they are poised to defend their crown this season.
Ezeli was the Warriors 30th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and signed rookie scale contract. In 2016, Ezeli has a salary worth $3,013,122, however, the Warriors’ center has been placed as a restricted free agent after he did not agree with his contract extension with the defending champions, giving the 26-year old Nigerian the freedom to entertain other offers from other teams that would want his services.
However, the Warriors might exercise their right with Ezeli, especially with what he is showing for the team against the Houston Rockets in the postseason averaging 4.7 points with 3.3 rebounds. The Warriors are currently leading their best-of-seven series with a 3-1 count.
If ever Ezeli opts out of the Warriors, Fansided showed five teams that could land Ezeli namely the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and listen to the Warriors lucrative offer. Ezeli could make it big next season since Andrew Bogut is injury-prone that could give him an opening in the starting lineup.
However, another team is also weighing its option of whether going after Ezeli and the Milwaukee Bucks are very much eager to give Ezeli of what they can offer him. The Bucks could offer him a guaranteed starting post aside from a lucrative offer sheet. His presence with the Bucks could offer the much need help that Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton needed.
With all of this, Ezeli has still time to think things over. As of the moment, Ezeli and the rest of the Warriors are busy of getting their goals a reality as they push themselves back into the finals. After the finals, then Ezeli could look for possible offers that would be suitable to his talents in and out the court or get a new contract that would also be to his taste.
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