Warriors extend qualifying offer to Rush

Associated Press

6/26/2012 6:10:13 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to Brandon Rush to make him a restricted free agent.

The Warriors announced the long-expected move Tuesday. The tender allows the team to match any offer Rush receives this off-season.

The 26-year-old Rush appeared in 65 games last season after coming over in a trade from Indiana for Lou Amundson. He averaged a career-high 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 26 minutes per game.

Rush ranked sixth in the NBA in 3-point percentage, shooting a career-high 45.2 per cent from behind the arc. He also posted career highs by shooting 50 per cent from the field and 79 per cent on free throws.