The Golden State Warriors have found a backup big man.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors have agreed to a three-year deal with Marreese Speights.
Speights will be a nice replacement for Carl Landry, who departed in free agency to the Sacramento Kings last week. Speights averaged 8.3 points in 79 games last season, splitting time between the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers.
He can also play a little bit of center, in the event that the Warriors become shorthanded at that position with the injury to Festus Ezeli and the health concerns around Andrew Bogut.
Speights, the 16th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, spent the first three seasons of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers before being dealt to the Grizzlies in 2011. He signed a two year, $8 million contract with the Grizzlies in 2012, but was traded later that year to the Cavaliers. He declined his player option with the Cavaliers earlier this season.
The Warriors have been linked to several free agent big men during the past couple of days, including Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Kaman, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier on Monday.
They will very likely still be on the market, in need of a guard to replace Jarrett Jack, who also bolted last week in free agency.
Marreese Speights 2012-2013 Highlights: