Ten-year veteran forward Austin Croshere was expected to sign with Golden State on Thursday afternoon, a team source said. And the Warriors have inked 2006 draft pick Kosta Perovic to a multiyear deal, according to Perovic's agent, Bill Duffy.
The moves mean Golden State -- which had no official comment on either signing -- now has 14 players under its control. That number includes restricted free agent forward Mickael Pietrus, who is on the Warriors' books at the team's qualifying offer of $3.47 million, but it doesn't account for second-round selection Stephan Lasme or unrestricted free agent Matt Barnes.
Croshere, 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds, averaged 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds last season in limited action for the Dallas Mavericks (11.9 minutes per game). His best season came in 1999-2000, when he averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 boards per game for an Indiana Pacers team that went to the NBA Finals.
At his peak with the Pacers, Croshere shot nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line, but he hit only 28.6 percent from distance last season.
Croshere, 32, is well-known by several Warriors. As the No. 12 overall selection in the 1997 draft, Croshere spent his rookie season with the Pacers as a teammate of Warriors executive vice president Chris Mullin.
In addition to Mullin, Croshere also played in Indiana with current Warriors Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson and Sarunas Jasikevicius. Croshere also has ties with star guard Baron Davis -- the two were teammates as prep stars at Crossroads School in Santa Monica.
Details of Croshere's contract were unavailable, although as a 10-year veteran, he must receive a minimum of $1.22 million. If the contract is for one year only, the team would receive about $450,000 back from the league, thanks to regulations meant to keep veteran free agents from becoming prohibitively expensive when rounding out a roster.
The Warriors will get no such break on their deal with the 7-2, 240-pound Perovic, who was selected 38th overall two summers ago and signed off Wednesday on his deal.
Duffy said the contract "shows a commitment to (Perovic)." It's believed Perovic will receive approximately $5 million over three years, although $1 million of that will go toward Perovic's buyout from his European club, Partizan Belgrade. The total buyout was $1.5 million; the Warriors, per league regulations, are allowed to pick up only $500,000 of that tab.
If Pietrus returns to play out the one-year qualifying offer and Croshere receives the league minimum, the Warriors will have $60.2 million committed to their 14 players in 2007-08, leaving them $7.8 million under the luxury-tax threshold.
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