Thursday, June 30, 2005

Mo Mickael and Zarko. No Mo Rodney

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors exercised their contract options for next season on guard Mickael Pietrus and forward Zarko Cabarkapa.

The Warriors also waived forward Rodney White on Thursday.

Pietrus, the 11th pick in the 2003 draft, will make $1.91 million next season and $2.535 million in 2006-07. The athletic swingman averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 67 games last season for the Warriors, who are grooming him as a defensive stopper.

Cabarkapa, the No. 17 selection in 2003, was acquired from Phoenix in a trade on Jan. 3. The native of Serbia and Montenegro showed promise in 37 games with the Warriors, averaging 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Cabarkapa will make $1.404 million next season and $2.157 million in 2006-07.

``Mickael and Zarko played a big role in our second half success last season,'' said Chris Mullin, the Warriors' vice president of basketball operations. ``We look forward to watching their continued development in the future.''

White, acquired from Denver on Feb. 24, played little in 16 games with Golden State. He also played for the Detroit Pistons in his four-year career.


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