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The Golden State Warriors have an open roster spot heading into training camp. They also are not going to fill it. The Warriors are hard-capped after the D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade, so their roster is basically set heading into training camp.
Former No. 8 pick Marquese Chriss is going to be in that camp, looking to impress the Warriors or some other team and earn another NBA contract. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports broke the news and confirmed by Logan Murdoc of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Free agent forward Marquese Chriss — 8th pick in 2016 NBA Draft — has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 24, 2019
Confirmed. Deal is non-guaranteed, per source. Chriss will compete for Golden State’s final roster spot. https://t.co/pj5nDM9WHW
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) September 24, 2019
This is mostly about an opportunity for Chriss, who bounced between the Rockets and Cavaliers last season. He played in 27 games for the lowly Cavs but had just a 48 true shooting percentage and didn’t impress Cleveland enough for them to bring him back. No other team offered him a contract this summer either, just three years after he was drafted in the top 10.
This Warriors contract is about an opportunity.
Because of hard cap restrictions, the contract for Marquese Chriss in GSW has no salary protection. However, landing a roster spot one week from camp gives the forward an open audition for all 30 teams. No downside in taking a camp deal.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 24, 2019
The lanky 6’10” forward out of Washington was one of the misfires in the draft by Phoenix. Now he has another chance to show he’s not that player anymore, that he’s ready for an NBA spot. We’ll see what he does with the opportunity.