Zaza Pachulia signed a cheap $2.9 million deal with the Golden State Warriors in 2016 free agency. However, there are NBA rumors that the big man and the Bay Area team agreed on some “under-the-table” deals as Pachulia previously demanded a two-year $20 million contract from the Washington Wizards earlier in the summer.
Could there be controversy in the Pachulia to Golden State signing? Or did the big man just consider that winning a championship with the favorite is the best option for his career?
CSN Mid-Atlantic confirms that there were considerations from the Wizards to offer Pachulia a two-year $20 million deal this offseason.
“…the Wizards were non-committal and Pachulia ended up signing with the Golden State Warriors for just one year and $3 million. Pachulia is three years older and faded down the stretch last season with the Dallas Mavericks,” the article stated.
The Wizards chose to sign free agent center Ian Mahinmi for $64 million for four years as Pachulia settled for about $2.9 million contract for one year with the Warriors.
This opens the NBA rumors on how the Warriors could have acquired Pachulia when he was asking for more from other NBA teams, particularly the huge reported deal with the Wizards.
Why did Pachulia agree to the cheap deal with the Warriors?
Speculations of an “under the table” deal are mostly coming from other non-Warriors fans as they don’t want to see Golden State’s “super team” getting more help after they acquired Kevin Durant in free agency.
However, Pachulia to the Warriors makes sense to if the big man wants a shot at an NBA championship at this point of his NBA career. Golden State are the favorites to win the title next year because of the addition of Durant.
NBA rumors will accuse the team of “under the table” deals but these are unfounded for now as the Warriors just want to get stronger for next season with Pachulia as one of their key big men.
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