With players like Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala already having departed the Golden State Warriors and Klay Thompson expected to begin the 2019-20 season on the shelf, their team will look much different than the club last seen in the 2019 NBA Finals.
With D’Angelo Russell being among the franchise’s newcomers, news broke out on Tuesday that Marquese Chriss, the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, would also be taking his talents to San Francisco.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. broke the news.
He posted a tweet on Twitter, “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.“
Since the moment he was drafted in 2016, Chriss has been on the move. After being selected by the Sacramento Kings with the eighth overall pick on draft night, he was sold to the Phoenix Suns, where he spent the first two years of his career.
While Chriss showed raw potential throughout his first two seasons with the Phoenix Suns, his fourth-year contract option wasn’t picked up last fall and he’s bounced around two franchises since.
Chriss was the No. 9 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and immediately showed potential as a high athleticism big but failed to crack the rotation of the Houston Rockets at the beginning of last year and was sent to Cleveland at the 2019 trade deadline.
After 3 years in the NBA, Chriss will bring career averages of 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game with him to the Warriors.
With the club in need of depth in the frontcourt, he will join Willie Cauley-Stein as young newcomers who coach Steve Kerr will hope can provide some big man skills as the team tries to fight for the Western Conference crown once again.
Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Chriss’ deal is a non-guaranteed training camp deal and that the odds of him making the regular-season roster are slim.
Golden State currently rosters 13 players on guaranteed contracts and is likely to bring the non-guaranteed Alfonzo McKinnie back as a 14th. The hard-capped franchise is limited in how it could integrate a 15th.