Zaza Pachulia Rumors

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Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
Position: C
Born: 02/10/84
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $2,898,000
In the days after signing Kevin Durant, while it rounded out the roster on a meager budget, Golden State zeroed in on Pachulia as its preferred replacement for Andrew Bogut. The only problem was that Pachulia warranted significantly better, longer contracts than the Warriors could offer. “I didn’t really want to call his agent,” general manager Bob Myers said with a chuckle. “I didn’t think it was going to happen.”
Which is an important factor. Pachulia is 32. In his profession, careers don’t last past 40. Zaza’s value has never been higher. But it can decline in a flash. He’s never made more than $5.2 million in a season. He could’ve comfortably eclipsed that in the market this season. But he declined. He took a financial risk. He chose the winning situation. “A pretty significant amount,” Pachulia said when asked the exact dollar amount he left on the table. “Don’t want to get into the details. But a pretty significant amount. I’ll be a free agent next year, so we’ll see again. But first of all, I’m not thinking about next year. I’m all in on this year. That’s the reason why I sacrificed financially. It’s not because of next summer. It’s because of this season.”
But Pachulia was intrigued. Like most vets, he’d been bit by that winning bug. This was the perfect opportunity. An opportunity to start for a massive title favorite. But he still needed some convincing. Give Steve Kerr the assist. “We closed the deal basically after I talked to coach,” Pachulia said. “He’s a good salesman. Good guy. You can tell from interviews what kind of person he is. Trustable. Honest. You can tell from his tone, from his manners. After our phone conversation, I knew I wanted to be part of it.”