Warriors, Marreese Speights agree

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» Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:54 am
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I really like this signing. Spreights is a big upgrade over Landry, is a much better option (at this point in their respective careers) than Festus Ezeli as a more-than-capable backup to Bogut, too.

This kid plays good defense, has a knack for scoring in tight situations, can play the pick-and-pop game, and can run the floor.

Warriors, Marreese Speights agree
Updated: July 8, 2013, 10:23 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms on a new contract with Marreese Speights, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

Sources told ESPN.com that Golden State has agreed to a multiyear deal with the free-agent center to sign him away from Cleveland. Although the financial specifics were not known, sources say Speights received a two-year deal with a team option entering Year 3.

The deal won't be made official until after the league's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted Wednesday.

One source close to the process told ESPN.com that the move for Speights does not impact the Warriors' pursuit of free-agent center Jermaine O'Neal, whose former agent is current Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

Speights should help fill the void left by power forward Carl Landry, who agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. Speights averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in the final 39 games with Cleveland after coming over in a trade from Memphis last season.

He will likely come off the bench for the Warriors at both power forward and center.

The 25-year-old Speights was drafted 16th overall out of Florida by Philadelphia in 2008. He has averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in his first five NBA seasons.

Speights gives the Warriors another option inside off the bench who can be used in pick-and-pop situations the way Landry was so effective last season. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound Speights also can play sparingly at center, which is the biggest need remaining for the Warriors in free agency.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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