The Golden State Warriors intend to re-sign big man Marquese Chriss, Marc Spears of ESPN reports. The big man had won a spot in the team’s rotation after training camp but was but was cut by the team last week.
Chriss’ previous deal, a non-guaranteed pact, was set to lock in for the season had he remained on the team’s payroll through Jan. 7. Given the team’s proximity to the tax apron and their desire to convert Damion Lee’s two-way deal to a standard pact, Chriss was the odd man out.
By signing Chriss to a two-way deal, the Warriors can keep him on board without a cap hit on their big league payroll. Doing so will allow them to utilize the prorated shared of Chriss’ 45 days’ worth of big league service time over the course of the rest of the season.
Chriss averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Warriors this season and filled in capably for the team as it struggled with injuries through the first three months of the season.