Pachulia agreed Monday to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Pistons, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. Pachulia spent the last two seasons with the Warriors and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged just 14.1 minutes, which was his lowest mark in nearly 10 years. He added 5.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists across 69 games in a reserve capacity. With the Warriors looking to get younger in the frontcourt, Pachulia wasn't re-signed and he now heads to Detroit. With the Pistons, Pachulia likely won't see a significant increase in his role, as he's set to backup Andre Drummond at center. As a result, Pachulia likely won't be a viable candidate for the bulk of fantasy leagues.
Pachulia is expected to come off the bench for Game 1 against the Spurs on Saturday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports. Kerr, as was the case during the regular season, will seemingly continue to switch his starting center based on matchup. As a result, JaVale McGee will enter the starting five Saturday. Pachulia has seen just 11.9 minutes per game over the past 12 contests.
Pachulia mustered four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes of action during the Warriors' blowout 119-79 loss at Utah on Tuesday. Arguably, this was Pachulia's best all-around game since his outing of six points and four rebounds back on Mar. 25. Pachulia wrapped up his 15th NBA season by appearing in 69 games and averaging 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Warriors.
Pachulia supplied four points (2-2 FG), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 15 minutes in Sunday's 117-100 win over the Suns. The veteran was back in the starting five Sunday, although he ultimately was outproduced by fellow bigs Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee -- who've both also logged time with the first unit recently -- off the bench. Pachulia is likely to see occasional starts during the postseason as well, although head coach Steve Kerr figures to continue rotating the starting assignments at the five as he sees fit based on matchup.
Pachulia will start at center in Sunday's game against the Suns, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. After not even playing off the bench in Saturday's game against the Pelicans, Pachulia will return to the starting five and Kevon Looney will come off the bench. Pachulia is still not expected to play many minutes Sunday, with a combination of Looney, David West and Jordan Bell expected to handle majority of the frontcourt minutes.
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