The Warriors introduced their answer to the departure of Carl Landry on Friday: the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Marreese Speights.

"I bring another big man who really knows the system, knows how to run the court," he said from the team's downtown facility. "I bring some toughness, a guy who wants to win."
Speights signed his three-year, free-agent deal, worth $11 million according to a team source, and passed a physical. He is now officially the Warriors' best hope for inside scoring and toughness off the bench.

Last season, that role went to Landry, and he played it aptly. Landry averaged 23.2 minutes off the bench and gave the Warriors 10.8 points on 54 percent with six rebounds. He played center and power forward, picking up the slack with starting center Andrew Bogut hurt most of the year.

But Landry left as a free agent, landing a reported four-year, $26 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Golden State is now banking on Speights, who turns 26 in August. Entering his sixth season, he is averaging 7.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting with 4.4 rebounds in 16.4 minutes for his career. So it's going to take a career year from Speights to match the kind of production Landry brought.
He's shown some signs of that potential. While with Memphis in the lockout shortened 2011-12 season, he softened the blow when Zach Randolph went down with an injury. Speights averaged 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 54 starts that season.

After being traded to Cleveland last season, he averaged 10.2 points in 18.5 minutes with the Cavaliers.
Speights said Golden State is the right situation for him to have a breakout season.