Marreese Speights, the Golden State Warriors’ backup center, would entertain the idea of going elsewhere if offered a hefty contract in free agency.
ESPN reports that though Speights would prefer to stay in the Bay Area, he would bolt if another team would offer a “high-dollar deal that exceeds a Warriors offer.”
“Sometimes you think about it, but at the end of the day, you can’t really control it. I try to only think about things I can control. But it’s life. Sometimes you can’t help it,” Speights told Bay Area News Group on the eve of the NBA Finals.
Marreese Speights: Want To Be Back Here
‘Mo Buckets’ reiterated his desire to be a Warrior for the long haul. “It’s been a hell of a lot of fun. feel like I put myself in position on this team and in this city to make a name for myself and be one of the core guys who’s been here.
“It would be best to be back here, but I understand it’s a business. I’m going to give everything in these Finals, and after that, whatever happens happens,” added the Warriors Stretch 5.
Speights continues to be a spark plug of the Warriors bench, draining vital three-pointers and deep jump shots whenever called upon. During the ongoing postseason, the 28-year-old is averaging 7.1 points and 2.2 rebounds from just 9.9 minutes while shooting an impressive 42% from deep.
The Florida product has been a vital backup for most of his basketball life. During his days with the Gators, Speights played back-up to future NBA all-stars Al Horford and Joakim Noah. Speights played a pivotal role in Golden State’s do-or-die Game 5 win against Oklahoma City Thunder.
Marreese Speights, who made $3.81 million this season, is expected to get closer to a $10 million per season contract due to the rising cap room.