Brandon Rush opts in for next season

The last image of Brandon Rush in a Warriors jersey could have been of him being carried to the locker room after tearing his ACL in the second game of this season. Rush had a player option for next season. That lingering subplot to the Warriors’ offseason plans obviously was overshadowed by the impending free agency of two other players actually active on the team — Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack.

Hell, a lot of people might not have even remembered Rush was even on the Warriors this year. He blew up his left knee, Harrison Barnes picked up the slack, and the Warriors exceeded everybody’s expectations, sans the player some considered entering the season to be the team’s best guy off the bench. He became the forgotten guy on the team, especially when he wasn’t sitting at the end of the bench in a suit for almost the entire season.

That doesn’t change the fact that Rush could have still tested the free agent market this summer. But the Warriors no longer have to worry about that. According to CSNBA, he exercised the final year of his contract, keeping him in Oakland at $4 million for at least one more season.

It’s like adding a free agent, except he won’t take up any new cap space because he’s been under contract for the last two season. The Warriors already made the second round of the playoffs without him. And now they’ll be adding his perimeter defense and three-point shooting to their bag of tricks. It also softens the potential blow of losing both Jack and Landry when free agency commences next month.

We go now to Brandon Rush with his thoughts on this delightful news:

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