Dec 5, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Andris Biedrins (15) before the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Andris Biedrins Exercises Option, Will Return Next Season

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Golden State Warriors’ center Andris Biedrins may be one of the worst basketball players in the league, but he is not an idiot.

Why become an unrestricted free agent and sign elsewhere for the minimum when you can get paid $9 million to warm the bench?

That’s exactly the decision that Biedrins has made, exercising his player option for the 2013-2014 season, the last year in six-year, $54 million contract that he signed with the Warriors in 2008.

“He will not opt out,” his agent told CSN Northwest. 

Biedrins was once an up-and-coming center for the Warriors, averaging a double-double from 2007-2009 for two seasons. However, he struggled mightily in the years after that, and completely fell off the radar when Mark Jackson took over in 2010.

Biedrins averaged just 0.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 53 games last season. Perhaps sarcastically, the Oracle Arena crowd would cheer whenever he entered the game, and give him a loud ovation whenever he shot free throws.

It’s sad to think that he was once capable of doing this:

What? Andris Biedrins scoring 28 points? IN ONE GAME? ARE YOU KIDDING?

It’s amazing and sad to see how far he has fallen since then. Biedrins was supposed to be the low-post, dominant center that the Warriors had wanted for so long.

Instead, he has become nothing but a benchwarmer, trending rapidly into irrelevance and disgrace.

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