SALT LAKE CITY -- Last time Andris Biedrins played in something other than a practice session or a scrimmage, he was wearing different colors from his sneakers to the trim around his uniform top.
He'll see those same colors again tonight from the opposite side of the floor at EnergySolutions Arena.
Once a Golden State Warrior and now a member of the Utah Jazz, Biedrins, 27, will face his former team tonight when the Jazz and Warriors get together for a preseason game.
It's quite a coincidence that the 7-footer, who is about to start his 10th NBA season, will meet his former team in his first game since being traded.
Prior to Monday's practice at the Zions Bank Basketball Center, Biedrins called that happenstance "weird."
"A weird feeling, but that's the way it is," he said. "It's gonna be weird tomorrow but you gotta do what you gotta do."
Weirdly, the Warriors probably felt the same way in July when they traded Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush to the Jazz as part of a three-team deal.
Lest anyone forget professional sports are a business, the move was seen as a salary dump for the Warriors, who were clearing a way to sign Nuggets' All-Star Andre Iguodala. It also was a perfect fit for the Jazz, who were happy to take on $24 million in salary in exchange for three expiring contracts and added flexibility next season.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is more concerned with shots and rebounds than he is dollars and cents. On Monday he insisted he's glad to have Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush -- who is rehabbing a knee injury and is waiting to be cleared to fully compete -- and said they will contributors this season.
"We want 'em, that's why we've got 'em," he said. "Whatever they think about (the business side of the trade) we want to make sure they feel welcome here. They've been tremendous with us. We look forward to them continuing to grow with this group of guys."
Biedrins played just 53 games for the Warriors last season and averaged only 9.3 minutes per contest.
He scored on average less than a point a game and pulled down 2.9 rebounds.
At 27 he is far from washed up, which means both he and the Jazz are hoping to see a resurgence.
He may not be able to reach the levels he did five years into his career when, during the 2008-09 season, he averaged 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
He averaged 30 minutes a game that season, the most of his career.
With youngsters Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and perhaps even rookie Rudy Gobert joining him in the mix for minutes among the big men, Biedrins isn't likely to averaged 30 minutes a game. But if he can give them perhaps half that he may be able to provide four or five points and five or six rebounds a night.
But neither the Jazz nor Biedrins himself are interested in placing specific expectations on the Latvian's role just yet. Instead they're simply happy to have each other.
Biedrins said he has no hard feelings about being traded away from the Warriors, in fact, he saw it as a chance to make a new start.
"I felt it right away when I got traded," he said. "Obviously it was not going my way (with Golden State). (The trade) was the only way how to go, so I'm glad. I'm here and I'm looking forward to the season."
Tonight's game will be the first of eight preseason games for the Jazz, each against a Western Conference opponent.
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