After having an instrumental role in the Golden State Warriors’ fourth title run in the last eight years, Kevon Looney is slated to pull off a big decision as an unrestricted free agent.
Heading to the free agency market this offseason, the big man is now gaining interest from two promising teams in the league.
Both the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Hornets have expressed their interest to ink a contract with Looney, league sources told NBA insider Marc Stein.
“After playing a pivotal role in Golden State’s championship success, Kevon Looney’s forthcoming free agency will be monitored more closely than anyone might have imagined a month ago. Charlotte and Sacramento, soon to be coached by Golden State assistant Mike Brown, are among the teams said to be interested in signing Looney away from the Warriors, who spent nearly $350 million this season on salary and luxury tax for their championship roster.”
As such, the Kings have ties now with Mike Brown, who will assume their head coaching responsibility for the next season. Meanwhile, the Hornets are now looking for their newest bench boss, as Kenny Atkinson reportedly turned down the position.
Looney had a remarkable 2021-2022 campaign, being hailed as the NBA’s iron man upon playing all 82 regular-season games and appearing for the Dubs’ 22 postseason occasions.
The Milwaukee-native center had an average of 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from the field in the regular season. He mostly filled the Warriors’ frontcourt presence and provided serviceable plays for his club in the absence of James Wiseman.
Looney is off from a three-year, $14.5 million deal last 2019 with Golden State and is certainly deserving of a raise in his paycheck this time.