Warriors sign center Zaza Pachulia

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Zaza Pachulia, the team announced today.

Pachulia’s deal is reportedly just a $2.9 million dollar contract for one year. A relative bargain by this summer’s signing standards.

With Andrew Bogut traded away to Dallas, Pachulia should get some minutes. He’s a very good rebounder, but not as good a defender as Bogut. And Pachulia rarely blocks any shots. But, the team did need center depth, and he certainly provides that. This is overall an excellent signing.

Pachulia, 32, averaged 8.6 points and a career-high 9.4 rebounds to go with 1.7 assists and 26.4 minutes in 76 regular-season games (69 starts) with the Dallas Mavericks in 2015-16. The 6-11 center ranked 14th in the league in rebounding and posted a career-high 26 double-doubles in his lone season with the Mavericks. In five playoff games (four starts), Pachulia averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 22.4 minutes.

A 13-year NBA veteran, Pachulia owns career averages of 7.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 21.5 minutes in 891 regular-season games (386 starts) with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks. Originally selected by the Magic in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft, the Georgian-born center spent a season with the Magic before being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft and subsequently traded to Milwaukee. After a year with the Bucks, Pachulia enjoyed an eight-year run with the Hawks that included four postseason appearances. Pachulia has appeared in the postseason six times in his career, tallying averages of 5.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 18.9 minutes in 51 career playoff games (11 starts) with the Hawks, Bucks and Mavericks.

Pachulia will wear #27 for the Warriors.