Zaza Pachulia says he plans to stay with Warriors beyond this season

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This summer, the Golden State Warriors are going to face some hard choices. Both Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will demand contracts starting at north of $36 million a season (Curry’s current deal is up, Durant signed a contract with an opt-out this summer just so he could do this). The Warriors have Draymond Green and Klay Thompson already locked up, but all this is going to impact the team’s role players.

Zaza Pachulia knows that, but he still wants to return. Here is what Pachulia told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I don’t want the season to end,” said Pachulia, who is expected to return soon from a right rotator-cuff strain that has sidelined him for Golden State’s past three games. “When people ask me about (free agency) this summer, I say, ‘I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying here.’ Even after June, I’m staying here.”

Pachulia came at a bargain, just $2.9 million, and after a bit of a slow start he has found ways to really blend in with this team — he’s had more than 10 points in half of the last 14 games he’s played.

If Pachulia is willing to accept another contract in a similar range to last season he likely returns if he wants, but he may have to turn down larger offers elsewhere. Meanwhile, if the Warriors will be able to keep Andre Iguodala and/or Shaun Livingston will become the real questions in July.