With the NBA free agency market closed and teams beginning to fill the few remaining spots on their rosters, the Golden State Warriors have stepped up and added another key veteran. After signing Corey Joseph to add depth and experience to their backcourt, the Warriors have done the same with Dario Saric, as he has agreed To join Golden State on a one-year contract, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Free agent F. Dario Saric has agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors,” sources told ESPN. Saric was one of the most sought-after players on the market.
Drafted 12th overall in 2014, Saric has spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and most recently the Oklahoma City Thunder. A big man who has proven capable of playing on the perimeter as both a shooter and screener, Saric should immediately provide some much-needed support behind Kevon Looney on the Warriors’ depth chart.
However, he is not that great of an athlete, especially after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during the 2021 NBA Finals while he was with the Suns. Returning from injury last season, Saric played in a total of 57 games between Phoenix and Oklahoma City, averaging 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.1 percent from three-point range.
Dario Saric fits in with Warriors future
The Warriors have made some big changes this offseason as they look to maximize their championship potential.
Not only has Bob Myers left the organization after being the architect behind their success for years, but the Warriors traded Jordan Poole from the Washington Wizards in a package to bring in future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul. Golden State has also seen Donte DiVincenzo and Ty Jerome leave this offseason, signing with the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively.
Adding viable options to their frontcourt has always been a struggle for the Warriors and a major need for their franchise. Looney is one of the best rebounding big men in the entire league and Draymond Green has been able to be a “small ball” center at times. However, having a player like Saric is very beneficial for the Warriors, especially since he has a high understanding of how to play his role.
It’s only a short-term addition, but over the years, Saric has been a consistent three-point shooter at the power forward and center positions. Jonas Jerebko and Nemanja Bjelica didn’t play major roles in their frontcourt with the Warriors for years, yet they proved to be important factors when their numbers came up.
It’s probably a role Saric will want to fill immediately as the Warriors look to clinch their fifth title in the last ten seasons.