The Warriors are bringing in a number of veteran free agents this week for workouts, league sources tell Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
According to Charania and Slater, some of the free agents taking part in the workouts are Ben McLemore, Elfrid Payton, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kenneth Faried, Miye Oni, Ty-Shon Alexander, Wesley Saunders, and Jon Axel Gudmundsson.
Golden State also held similar free agent workouts in August, according to Charania and Slater, who say that Shabazz Muhammad, Solomon Hill, Tyler Cook, and Kelan Martin were among the players who participated in those sessions about two weeks ago.
The purpose of this week’s workouts is twofold — as Tim Kawakami of The Athletic tweets, the players currently on the Warriors’ roster are beginning their informal pre-camp work at the team’s facility this week, so the free agents who join them will help ensure there are enough bodies to play 5-on-5 scrimmages. Additionally, there’s an expectation that the Warriors could sign one or more of the auditioning veterans to their 20-man training camp roster, per Charania and Slater.
Golden State currently has 18 players under contract (13 on guaranteed standard deals), with Jerome Robinson expected to be the 19th. That leaves one spot available for now.
Andre Iguodala has yet to decide whether he’ll retire or return to the Warriors for another season, so it’s possible he could fill that 20th and final roster spot (and become the 14th man on the team’s projected regular season roster). Robinson, Mac McClung, Pat Spencer, and Trevion Williams are among the camp invitees who could compete for a place on the 15-man regular season roster, especially if Iguodala doesn’t return.
Charania and Slater also note that that, while Lester Quinones and Quinndary Weatherspoon are currently on two-way deals, those roster spots are flexible. According to The Athletic’s duo, the Warriors are high on Weatherspoon, who is a candidate to join the 15-man roster either this fall or later in the season
11 thoughts on “Warriors Working Out Ben McLemore, Elfrid Payton, Others”
Warriors are supposed to trade 3 draft picks in June for future picks, then sign Veteran
Rebuild too much
Lakers are supposed to acquire future picks from other teams but they focus too much on this season
Lakers are all in for championships?
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There’s so much talent who doesnt have a comtract with anyone. Is it time for expansion??
Faried would he decent as a third center
They need a young PG prospect and a young defensive rebounding PF.
I don’t think Iggy can help much if he return as a player. Just sign him as a staff and find two players back, one big man and one guard.
Faried, Melo, Howard, Boogie, Schroeder, DJ, there’s so many choices.
I agree. Faried, with his old motor would be a great way to give Draymond some rest. No where near the passed but he’s been pretty savvy as a defender/rebounder and can score. Haven’t seen him play much lately though.
Iggy needs to retire and join the coaching staff
The NBA doesn’t want veterans anymore. Go blame silver for all these players unsigned. Faried will never come back like all dogs go to heaven