Pistons Sign Veteran Center
It's official. The Zaza Pachulia era with the Golden State Warriors has come to an end. That's at least according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.
Charania tweeted earlier that the Pistons had signed Pachulia to a one-year, $2.4 million deal. The 34-year old center will bring two NBA Championships with him from his two seasons in Golden State.
Rod Beard of the Detroit News later confirmed Charania's report.
This past season saw the Warriors phase Pachulia out of its starting lineup in favor of Flint-native JaVale McGee for a period during the Spring. He started all 70 games he action in during the 2016-17 season.
With the starting center role reliably filled by Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin at power forward, it's likely Pachulia will come off the bench in Detroit.
Since Eric Moreland will be gone from Detroit, Pachulia's signing makes sense. Pachulia can bring veteran experience to an increasingly younger roster.
Pachulia is also the highest-ranking free agent on CBS Sports' Free Agent Tracker to sign with Detroit this off season. Ranked at 57, he may not be the sexiest pick up but two rings are better than no rings for someone entering a franchise hoping to repair its culture.