SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent center Kevon Looney has agreed to stay with the Golden State Warriors on a three-year, $25.5 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Looney, 27, is coming off a stellar year with the 2022 NBA champion Warriors, who drafted him in the first round in 2015. After an injury-riddled career, Looney was an iron man, playing in the 82 regular season games and all 22 playoff games.
More importantly than playing every game, Looney has proven to be the kind of center that can thrive in the Warriors system whether starting or coming off the bench.
Throughout last season, and especially in the playoffs, Looney proved to be an elite rebounder – a skill set Golden State was desperate for. In the closing game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the conference semifinals, Looney grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds in a career-high 35 minutes.
Another highlight came in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, when Looney scored 21 points, grabbed 12 boards and kept the Mavericks 1-for-11 shooting from the field as a primary defenseman. .
Retaining Looney, who averaged 7.3 career rebounds during the regular season, was a top priority for the Warriors heading into free agency, but the recent departures of Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr. and Juan Toscano-Anderson did the same. most important.
Bringing Looney back not only ensures the Warriors maintain a strong presence on the boards and in the paint, but it also allows Golden State to continue bringing James Wiseman in slower as he returns from a right knee injury.