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Brandon Rush leaves Warriors, reaches one-year deal with Timberwolves

Dahntay Jones, Brandon Rush

Indiana Pacers Dahntay Jones (1) guards Golden State Warriors’ Brandon Rush (4) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. The Pacers beat the Warriors 102-78. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


Brandon Rush bounced back to give the Warriors some needed point guard depth last season. Finally seeming healthy after knee surgery three years before, his play got Klay Thompson some rest, and Rush shot an efficient 56 percent true shooting percentage (above the league average). He was a key part of the Warriors rotation (even starting 25 games).

Now he’s about to be the fourth guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, something confirmed by his agent.

This is a good get for the Timberwolves. Rush can be a solid fourth guard, playing off the bench behind Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio, pairing with Tyus Jones and sharing playmaking responsibilities. Plus he brings the veteran presence of a guy who has battled back from injury to win a ring.

I’m a little surprised the Warriors didn’t overpay a little to keep him, even if it was to be as trade fodder later. The Timberwolves will take it.