New Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia saw his chance to add a championship ring to his collection and snatched it with both hands. The 32-year-old signed a one-year deal with the 2015 champions following their free agency signing of Kevin Durant.
It has been reported by CSN that the Georgian could have had an extra $17 million in his bank across the next two years had he not taken a lot less money in pursuit of a title.
The American organisation has reported, via league sources, that the Tbilisi-native spoke to the Washington Wizards about a two-year, $20 million deal but ended up moving to the Bay as the franchise from the capital were 'non-committal'.
Washington ended up signing former Indiana Pacers big Ian Mahinmi on a four-year, $64 million deal while Pachulia accepted significantly less than his worth to link up with the big four at the Oracle Arena.
RIDING THE WAVE
There have been many examples of veteran players riding the coattails of superstar partnerships in the hope of claiming a championship.
Pachulia and David West are prime examples of this within the new-look Warriors roster. Having acquired Durant, they needed to trim some fat; losing Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Marresse Speights and Leandro Barbosa, and vets on cheap deals are the perfect way to fill up the roster using minimal cap space.
The former Mavericks man clearly thought he'd earned enough money throughout his 16-year NBA career and wants to claim some silverware before calling it a day. He couldn't have joined a stronger team.