Zaza Pachulia took a pay cut and accepted a reduced role to join the Warriors on a one-year deal last summer, effectively replacing starting center Andrew Bogut, who was traded to Pachulia's former Mavericks squad. Though not as adept as Bogut as a facilitator or shot blocker, Pachulia excelled at pounding the glass. He averaged 5.9 rebounds per game -- including 2.0 per game on the offensive end -- in just 18.1 minutes per game. While his scoring naturally took a hit as a result of frequently sharing the floor with four All-Stars, Pachulia managed to pick his spots effectively on the offensive end, shooting 53.4 percent from the field, nearly seven points above his career rate. After Pachulia's decision to sacrifice personal production for the team's greater good netted him his first championship ring, he elected to re-sign with Golden State in the offseason while receiving only a slight raise, locking him back into a starting role for 2017-18. However, with the Warriors also retaining JaVale McGee -- who provided a more athletic, rim-protecting change of pace at center -- and Draymond Green still around to man the position when coach Steve Kerr rolls out smaller lineups, Pachulia could once again be held to under 20 minutes per game, which would significantly limit his Fantasy appeal.
Pachulia agreed to stay with the Warriors on Friday, accepting a one-year, $3.5 million deal, Sam Amick of USA Today reports. Last season, the veteran turned down more lucrative offers to sign with the Warriors on a one-year deal, and he may have done the same again. It seems unlikely that he'll see much of a role change, so his fantasy value should remain relatively unchanged. He averaged 6.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 18.1 minutes per game last season.
Pachulia will be an unrestricted free agent once the free agency period begins Saturday morning. No real news here, though it's worth noting that the Warriors may have to pay up if they hope to keep Pachulia around. While the 33-year-old was mostly a role player for the defending champions, he reportedly turned down much more lucrative offers to sign a one-year deal with Golden State last summer. Whether or not he'll be willing to accept a lower figure again remains to be seen.
Pachulia (heel) compiled eight points (4-5 FG), six rebounds and two steals over 14 minutes during Thursday's 113-91 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Pachulia was good to go as expected for the series-opening tilt, although he didn't need to log many minutes in what turned out to be a comfortable victory. The veteran center had missed the last two games of the conference finals versus the Spurs, but he figures to see minutes in the teens at a minimum during the series against the Cavs.
Pachulia has been given the green light to participate in Thursday's Game 1 against the Cavaliers, Connor Letourneau of the San Fransisco Chronicle reports. There wasn't much doubt that Pachulia would play during Game 1 after a nine-day layoff between rounds gave his bruised heel ample time to recover. He is expected to get the start at center.
Pachulia (heel) says he will be 'fine' to play in the NBA Finals given the nine-day layoff, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports. With the NBA Finals starting on June 1, the big man will have plenty of time to rest and let his bruised heel recover. While the news is coming from Pachulia himself rather than the medical staff, it seems reasonable to believe his word given the timetable. He should be expected to play and start at center for the Warriors during Game 1.
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