Warriors Rumors: Marreese Speights not returning to Golden State next season?

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Marreese Speights (Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia)

The Golden State Warriors are up 1-0 in the 2016 NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers but there are many subplots on the series. One of them is the future of several Golden State players including Marreese Speights and according to the latest Warriors rumors, he might not be returning to the Bay Area next season.

Warriors fans love Mo Buckets due to his ability to score in bunches and he has played well in this year’s playoffs. He has scored more points than his minutes played, showing what his value is for the defending champions.

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Speights will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and his future at the Bay Area is in doubt. He admitted in an interview that he was afraid during the three elimination games against the Oklahoma City Thunder because it might have been his final game as a Warrior.

Nonetheless, the 28-year-old is very open to returning to Golden State but he is not sure what the future holds. He is just going to give his all during the NBA Finals and help the Warriors win another championship.

“It’s been a hell of a lot of fun. I feel like I put myself in position on this team and in this city to make a name for myself and be one of the core guys who’s been here. It would be best to be back here, but I understand it’s a business. I’m going to give everything in these Finals, and after that, whatever happens, happens,” Speights told The Mercury News.

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The former Florida Gator has spent three seasons in Golden State and he has averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 13.3 minutes per game. Several teams would want a guy like him on their bench who can score in bunches but his defensive struggles may cost him a couple of million dollars.

Besides Speights, the Warriors have several incoming free agents like Leandro Barbosa, Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, Brandon Rush and Anderson Varejao.

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia

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