Dario “ari” will be the Golden State Warriors’ stretch big in 2023–24, or at least that’s what Warriors insider Monte Poole has been told by a number of sources. A “high probability” exists that “ari” will join with the Warriors, claims the Bay Area correspondent for NBC Sports. The deadline for teams to reach agreements with free agents is Friday at 3 PM Pacific (today), although agents and executives routinely break this restriction.
On a Warriors squad that currently lacks size and a definitive stretch big, Ari is an obvious fit. In his seven-year NBA career, ari, a 6’10” center who has also occasionally played power forward, has made 36.0% of his three-point shots while averaging 11.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.
The veteran minimum exemption would be the only way the Warriors could sign Ari, which would be a huge advantage for the franchise. Some people might be surprised to learn that a player of his caliber is offered at that price. He did, however, miss the entire 2021–22 season due to an ACL tear, and in 2022–23 with the Thunder, he had the smallest role of his career. Last season, “ari” had career-low averages of 14.1 minutes, 6.4 points, and 3.6 rebounds per game. Despite this, he managed to hit 39.1% of his three-point shots.
The Warriors’ bench would benefit greatly from Ari’s extensive NBA experience, which includes 24 postseason games, yet he is only 29 years old. After Kevon Looney, he would be Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers,’ top backup center. He also possesses the shooting skills to team up with Draymond Green. Only Trayce Jackson-Davis, a second-round choice of the Warriors, is the other typical big on the squad at the moment.