Warriors Sign Cory Joseph To One-Year Deal

JULY 6: Joseph is officially a Warriors, according to a press release from the club.

JULY 2: Free agent point guard Cory Joseph is headed to Golden State, having agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Warriors, agents Rich Paul and Brandon Cavanaugh tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link).

Joseph has been one of the NBA’s steadiest backup point guards for years, making stops in San Antonio, Toronto, Indiana, Sacramento, and Detroit during the first 12 years of his career.

He was traded from the Kings to the Pistons at the 2021 deadline and has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in Detroit, averaging 8.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game with a .450/.397/.854 shooting line in 146 appearances (22.8 MPG) during that time.

Golden State’s massive team salary means the team is limited to minimum-salary offers to outside free agents this summer, and Joseph will indeed be receiving a veteran’s minimum deal, Anthony Slater of The Athletic confirms (via Twitter).

Joseph, who is entering his age-32 season, was one of the oldest players on a rebuilding Pistons squad in 2022/23. He shouldn’t be leaned on as much for veteran leadership as part of a Warriors backcourt that also features Chris Paul (38), Stephen Curry (35), Klay Thompson (33), and Gary Payton II (30), but will provide head coach Steve Kerr with an experienced, reliable backup to the team’s stars.

As Slater tweets, the Warriors’ deal with Joseph will bring them to 12 players on standard contracts. They’re not expected to carry a full 15-man roster to open the season, Slater says, but will need to add at least two more players to fill out their squad. Veteran forward Dario Saric remains on their radar, Slater adds.

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