SAN FRANCISCO — Free-agent center Kevon Looney has agreed to remain with the Golden State Warriors on a three-year, $25.5 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Looney, 27, has had a breakthrough year with the Warriors, the 2022 NBA champion, who drafted him in the first round in 2015. After an injury-plagued career, Looney was an Ironman, playing in all 82 regular-season games and all 22 playoff games.
More important than playing every game was Looney, who proved to be the kind of center who can thrive in the Warriors’ system, whether he’s in the starting XI or coming off the bench.
Throughout last season, and particularly in the playoffs, Looney proved himself to be an elite rebounder — a skill Golden State was desperate for. In the final game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the conference semifinals, Looney grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Another highlight came in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks when Looney scored 21 points, snapped 12 boards and held the Mavericks off the field as a main defender to a 1-of-11 shot.
Keeping Looney, who is averaging a career-high 7.3 rebounds during the regular season, has been a top priority for the Warriors en route to a free hand, but recent departures of Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr. and Juan Toscano -Anderson made it so much more important.
Looney’s return not only ensures the Warriors maintain a strong presence on the boards and in paint, but also allows Golden State to bring James Wiseman with them at a slower pace as he works his way back from a right knee injury.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34180739/golden-state-warriors-kevon-looney-agree-three-year-contract-sources-say Golden State Warriors, Kevon Looney agree to three-year contract, sources say