Warriors fans remember the 6-foot-6-inch Rush as a sharpshooting sixth man capable of defending multiple positions. Utilizing his long wingspan and above average athleticism, Rush easily became a fan favorite. He was looking to have a breakout season before tearing his ACL in the team’s 2012-13 home opener.
While recovering from his injury, Rush was traded along with Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to the Utah Jazz in an effort to shed salary for Andre Iguodala. Prior to his injury, Rush averaged 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from behind the arc.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers spoke about Rush on KNBR radio on Monday.
“Rush was great,” Myers told KNBR. “Everybody that’s been a fan saw how good he was for us, so if he’s healthy, and he can play, which we hear he can — we’ll go watch him and see — it’s a good addition if we could get him.
The Warriors are currently hard-capped, meaning they are limited to offering minimum contracts. Having averaged just 2.1 points on 33.3 percent shooting last season for Utah, he could be right in Golden State’s price range. He’s a low-risk, high-reward player if he can regain his 2011-12 form, but he will likely be pursued by several other teams able to offer larger contracts. Hopefully the Warriors can bring Rush back and give him another chance at success.