A fan favorite from the Golden State Warriors‘ 2017 and 2018 NBA title runs is returning to the franchise, but he won’t be on the team’s roster.
Instead, Zaza Pachulia, who played center for the Dubs from 2016-2018, is joining the Warriors as a team consultant. The Warriors announced on Thursday that Pachulia, who recently ended his 16-year NBA career, will work on “both the business and basketball side” of the team’s operations.
Pachulia was a key role player for the Warriors during their title runs in the years he played for the team. He averaged 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a Warrior and is the only player from the Republic of Georgia to win an NBA title.
Over the course of his NBA career, he averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.3 minutes in 1,098 games.
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Several other changes and additions to the team’s front office and coaching staff were announced by the Warriors on Thursday. Kirk Lacob, the son of team owner Joe Lacob, was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. was promoted to assistant general manager, the team announced.
Aaron Miles, who played for the Warriors during his rookie season, was one of four player development coaches added to the team.
Before that, he coached the Warriors’ G-League team in Santa Cruz for two years. Last season, Miles led the Santa Cruz Warriors to a first-place finish in the Pacific Division of the G-League and to the Western Conference finals, where they lost to the Oklahoma City Blue. The team’s 34-16 record last season was the second-best in franchise history.
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Over the summer, Miles coached Golden State’s summer league team, which included rookies Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall and Alen Smailagić.
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