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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Had a chance to talk to Warriors forward Kelenna Azubuike a couple of days ago, and asked him about next year's player option worth 3.3 million.
Azubuike is finishing the second year of a three-year contract worth approximately 9 million, and can forgo the final year at 3.3 million if he wants. Back in 2008, Azubuike signed an offer sheet with the L.A. Clippers, but the Warriors matched.
No surprise, and I figured as much, but Azubuike indicated hes virtually certain to exercise the option and return to the Warriors in 2010-11 rather than become an unrestricted free agent.
Thats the logical thing to do, said Azubuike, who entered 2009-10 with a career scoring average or 10.4 points per game in three seasons. Im leaning toward a certain way coming back.
Azbuike also acknowledged that the season-ending injury he sustained back in mid-November (torn patellar tendon, left knee) definitely affected things, as far as becoming a free agent.
Under ideal circumstances, Azubuike could have had solid season for the Warriors, then become a free agent and commanded more than 3.3 per year. Azubuike played in just nine games this season for the Warriors, averaging 13.9 points per game.
Note: Its only right to acknowledge the site where I go for much of my NBA salary information: ShamSports.com
With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.
Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.
The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.
Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.
As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.
Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in trouble with the league office again.
The NBA fined the Pelicans big man $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language towards a fan" during the final minutes of the team's season opener on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies.
The referee's heard the exchange between Cousins and the fan, and assessed a technical foul to Cousins. That technical foul was rescinded as part of the league's announcement Saturday.
After Wednesday's game, Cousins offered this explanation of the incident:
"That was pretty bogus, man. The ref, he sat there and heard (the fan) speaking to me in a very nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man. I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I felt (the ref) should have handled it, he decided not to, but he handled my end of it. I look forward to speaking to the league," Cousins told reporters, according to USA Today.
Cousins makes his first trip back to Sacramento since being traded by the Kings on Thursday, Oct. 26.