Warriors sign Austin Croshere and Kosta Perovic
The Golden State Warriors have signed center Kosta Perovic (COAST-a PEAR-a-vich) and forward Austin Croshere to contracts, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.
Perovic, 22, whom the Warriors selected with the 38th overall selection (eighth in the second round) in the 2006 NBA Draft, returned to his native Serbia & Montenegro after last year’s draft to play his seventh professional season in Europe. In 30 Adriatic League games with Partizan Belgrade this past season, the 7-2 center helped lead his team to the league championship by averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while shooting 56.8% (129-227 FG) from the field and 72.0% (103-143 FT) from the line. In 20 Euroleague contests, Perovic averaged 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.20 steals and 1.15 blocks, while shooting 50.0% (78-156 FG) from the field and 71.8% (61-85 FT) from the line.
“We are excited that Kosta will be joining our team this season,” said Mullin. “He is a very skilled player and we think that he has tremendous potential. We look forward to getting him in our system and continuing his development.”
Croshere, 32, owns career averages of 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game in 601 regular-season contests over 10 seasons with Indiana and Dallas. Additionally, the Providence College product has appeared in 68 playoff games, averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game contest. In 2006-07, Croshere appeared in 61 regular-season games for the Dallas Mavericks in his lone season with the team, averaging 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game. He also appeared in three games of the First Round playoff series against Golden State, averaging 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.3 minutes.
The 6-10 forward played his first nine NBA campaigns with the Indiana Pacers, becoming one of just five players (joining Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Dale Davis and Vern Fleming) to play for the team for at least nine seasons. He enjoyed his finest NBA season in 1999-00, averaging career highs of 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 81 regular-season games, while helping the Pacers win the Eastern Conference Championship and advance to the NBA Finals. In his final two seasons with the Pacers before being traded to Dallas (2004-05 & 2005-06), Croshere appeared in 123 games and averaged a combined 8.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.2 minutes per contest.
The Los Angeles native played his first three NBA seasons alongside Mullin (1997-98 thru 1999-00), and also teamed with current Warriors Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson and Sarunas Jasikevicius at various times during his years with the Pacers. Additionally, Croshere played his senior season at Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, CA, alongside Warriors’ point guard Baron Davis, who was a freshman at the time.
“We’re very happy to add Austin to our roster,” said Mullin. “He provides another veteran presence on our team and we feel that he is someone who will be able to come in and make a contribution.”
Perovic will wear uniform #19. Croshere will wear uniform #44.