OAKLAND – After a season in which his jump shot connected at such a rate it generated two nicknames, Marreese Speights will return to the Warriors next season.
Less than an hour after general manager Bob Myers on Monday morning said the club “likely” would pick the option for the third and final season of Speights’ contract, the Warriors made it official around noon. The forward/center will earn $3.815 million.
Speights, 27, is coming off the best season of his seven-year NBA career. Appearing in 76 games, with nine starts, he averaged 10.4 points on 49.2-percent shooting, and 4.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.
The 6-10 Florida product scored in double figures 42 times, including a season-high 28-point game in a win at Oklahoma City last Nov. 23. Speights on 31 occasions led Warriors reserves in scoring. He also led the team in drawn charges with 29, which was second in the league.
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The streaky shooter was referred to as “Mo Buckets,” or the “third Splash Brother,” stemming from the nickname assigned to guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Speights finished fourth among Warriors scorers, behind Curry (23.8 points per game), Thompson (21.7) and Draymond Green (11.7).