Player: Brandon Rush
Position: Small forward/shooting guard
Salary: $1.27 million. Rush signed a two-year, $2.42 contract with the player holding the option for the second year. Rush in June exercised that option and will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
2014-15 in review: After signing a deal to return to the Warriors after two years and one active season away, Rush came to camp with back trouble and never really reached peak conditioning. He had a forgettable season.
Once one of the league’s premier 3-point shooters – his 45.2-percent mark in 2011-12 was sixth in the NBA – Rush never really found his shot or anything remotely resembling rhythm. He missed 24 of the 27 3-pointers he took.
Playing tentatively and showing zero confidence – he was passed on the depth chart by Justin Holiday – Rush wound up playing only 271 minutes, over 33 games.
2015-16 outlook: Rush says he’s primed for a comeback year, and he needs it. The Warriors certainly welcome it.
Rush will attempt to become the team’s primary shooting threat off the bench. He’ll try to reclaim his status as a very good defender. He needs to show he is seriously dedicated to making the most of what’s left of his career.
If Rush, who has undergone ACL surgeries on both knees, can deliver anything close to what he was four years ago, he has a chance to be the first man off the bench to back up starting shooting guard Klay Thompson. The Warriors would be thrilled.