Warriors Agree To One-Year Deal With Nemanja Bjelica

The Warriors have agreed to a one-year contract with power forward Nemanja Bjelica, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Nemanja Bjelica

Bjelica, 33, is 6-foot-10 and was traded from the Kings to the Heat in March. He averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 37 games last season overall.

He also becomes the latest offseason addition for the Warriors, who agreed to sign small forward Otto Porter Jr. on the first day of free agency. Golden State added G League forward Jonathan Kuminga and Arkansas guard Moses Moody in the NBA Draft.

They have also been linked to veteran guard/forward Andre Iguodala, and may not yet be done in free agency. Along with that, star shooting guard Klay Thompson is expected to return from injury.

“Bjelica’s signing is a bit more straightforward,” wrote Gabe Fernandez of SFGate. “The 33-year-old big man had a small role with the Miami Heat last season until injuries to others eventually pushed him further up the bench and even into the starting lineup for a spell. From 2017-2020, Bjelica shot better than 40% from beyond the arc.

“Early in the 2020-21 season, as a member of the Sacramento Kings, Bjelica’s numbers dipped. Once he was dealt to Miami, he found his shooting stroke again, something that the Warriors hope will carry into the 2021-2022 campaign.”

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