This morning, we witness the end of an era. The death of an institution, if you will. The conclusion to an award-winning miniseries.
Adonal Foyle is no longer a Golden State Warrior.
With two years and nearly $20 million left on his original five year, $40.6 million contract, the Warriors bought out the remainder of Foyle’s contract, making the iron-handed center a free agent.
Foyle, 32, who has spent his entire 10-year NBA career with Golden State, was a starter in 2005-06 under coach Mike Montgomery, who had talked Foyle into re-signing with the Warriors in 2004. However, Foyle played little for Don Nelson last season, and totaled all of six minutes of playing time in the Warriors’ 11 playoff games. It was the first playoff experience for Foyle, who had played 641 NBA games without reaching the playoffs, the most in the league at the time.
Despite his limited playing time, Foyle was the Warriors’ third-highest paid player last season, behind Baron Davis and Jason Richardson. Foyle averaged 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds last season, and his best season was 2000-01, when he averaged 5.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
Interestingly enough, if the Warriors don’t resign restricted free agent Mickael Pietrus, 21-year-old Andris Biedrins will be the Warriors’ longest tenured player.
So, what does this mean for the Warriors? Well, since Adonal never played and they still have to pay him, not much. Adonal was a class act, a really intelligent guy and (probably) a beneficial locker room presence, but that stuff only goes so far when you have a negative impact on the game itself.
If anything, it has a bigger impact on Warriors fans, who will have to find a new favorite bench warmer.
Warriors, Foyle parting ways [SFGate]