Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the Warriors, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Golden State Warriors are attempting to return to the NBA playoffs after a 2-year hiatus. The team suffered from injury to Klay Thompson in both seasons, and also had Stephen Curry missing from the lineup for most of 2019-20.
Steph was an MVP candidate, but the Warriors lost their play-in games after 8th place in the regular season. The Memphis Grizzlies pipped them to the final playoff berth after they lost a close one to the Lakers in the first game.
There’s little doubt that the Warriors would have been a playoff team in Klay’s presence last year. They’ll be looking forward to getting their talismanic swingman back after a long hiatus.
The Warriors seemed to be a bit light on the offensive end last year. Apart from Steph’s off-ball presence and Andrew Wiggins’ perimeter play, they had no source of reliable offense.
They are attempting their level best to change it through free agency and the draft this year. Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are capable rookies who will be entrusted huge responsibilities right away. And they’ve also signed another offensive weapon recently.
Nemanja Bjelica will be the 3rd Splash Brother alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
The Warriors have not had consistent offense from a big man position or down low in the post since 2015. They’re aiming to change that with the signing of Nemanja Bjelica, who presents some intriguing lineup options to Steve Kerr.
Warriors fans are treating this piece of news with guarded enthusiasm. Bjelica is quite clearly a capable offensive contributor – almost as good as Danilo Galllinari when used correctly.
However, he’s a sieve on the defensive end and will rely heavily on Draymond’s team and help defense. The hope for Kerr will be that he provides them enough spacing for Steph to be able to attack the paint better.
Free agent F Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
Bjelica should be another shooter on their roster alongside Otto Porter Jr played in short spurts. Both players can play their way to big contracts if they click well in the Warriors’ offensive system.
The Warriors are signing Nemanja Bjelica on a one-year veteran minimum, sources confirm. Stretch big who should fit well next to Draymond Green. Still have full TPMLE.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 3, 2021
On the surface of it, Porter and Bjelica definitely seem to be better rotation members than Kent Bazemore.
Bjelica is one season removed from averaging 11 & 6 on 48-42-41 splits…
He’ll be the stretch shooting big the Warriors have missed over the last few seasons https://t.co/5awT6Gr5sd
— Dru (@sftheletters) August 3, 2021