Longtime NBA big man Zaza Pachulia hasn’t announced his retirement as a player, but it appears he’s ready to transition into another phase of his career. The Warriors have hired Pachulia as a consultant, the team announced today in a press release.
Pachulia, who spent last year with the Pistons, was a member of the Warriors for the previous two seasons, winning championships with the franchise in 2017 and 2018. The 35-year-old spent a total of 16 seasons in the NBA, appearing in nearly 1,100 career regular season games for the Magic, Bucks, Hawks, and Mavericks in addition to Detroit and Golden State.
The Warriors’ announcement refers to Pachulia “recently concluding” his NBA career, so it appears he has no plans to continue playing. He’ll serve as a consultant for the Warriors on both the basketball and business side, according to the team.
Golden State announced several more front office promotions in today’s release. Most notably, Kirk Lacob – the son of team owner Joe Lacob – will become the club’s executive vice president of basketball operations, while former NBA forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. has been named an assistant general manager.
The younger Lacob was previously an assistant GM for the Warriors, while Dunleavy joined the organization last year as a pro scout.