Utah Jazz free agent, Brandon Rush, has been pretty quiet on the free agent market, much like he was during his one season with the Jazz. Reports came out a couple days ago that Rush was in Las Vegas working out for as many as 18 teams. Reports earlier on Wednesday morning said that Rush was pushing close to a deal, and by Thursday afternoon, Rush had a deal done.
Rush agreed to a 2-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the Golden State Warriors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. According to reports, Rush will also have a player option after the first year of his contract, meaning that he can elect to opt out of the final year of the deal to become an unrestricted free agent.
As most Jazz fans remember, Rush was part of a trade before last season that brought himself, Richard Jefferson, and Andris Biedrins to the Jazz organization from Golden State. With Rush now leaving to return back to Golden State, all three members of that trade are now gone from Salt Lake City.
Rush never really showed much interest in playing in Utah. He appeared in only 36 games with the Jazz, and looked as though he was not interested in being on the court. It was disappointing to see, mainly due to the fact that before the ACL injury in his first stint with the Warriors, Rush was a fantastic three point shooter off the bench, and really provided a nice spark for them. Jazz fans were really hoping that he could bring that to the team, and due to him only being 29 years old, thought that he could be a nice veteran leader off the bench for the young core moving forward.
None of those things seemed to happen, and you have to wonder what went on behind closed doors. During exit interviews after the season had wrapped up, Rush was the only player that the media wasn’t able to interview. Rush also sent out a tweet that he was “all packed up” in his Salt Lake City apartment, and the season wasn’t quite over yet. The team said during the season that Rush was recovered for the most part from his ACL injury and was cleared to play. Rush still didn’t see the floor much, and it wasn’t ever really made known if it was that he was still feeling pain, or if coach Tyrone Corbin didn’t play him. For whatever reason, Rush was in a “rush” to head into free agency, pun intended.
Whatever the case may have been, Rush heads to a Warriors team that has a fantastic guard line. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson making up one of the better starting back courts in the NBA, they also added Shaun Livingston in the off season. If Rush can return to the way he played before his injury, he will be a nice addition to an already solid Warriors roster.