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Again, the Warrior front office is working to make this roster complete so that this team can compete.
I like these moves, especially the signing of our Euro-Rookie.
Warriors have deals with Toney Douglas, Jermaine O'Neal, Nemanja Nedovic
By Marcus Thompson II
Posted: 07/09/2013 12:28:54 PM PDT
Updated: 07/09/2013 10:47:39 PM PDT
Veteran center Jermaine O'Neal is joining the Golden State Warriors on a... (Associated Press)
The Warriors remained busy Tuesday filling out their roster. They capped a five-day flurry of activity by reaching agreements with free-agent guard Toney Douglas and center Jermaine O'Neal, and signing first-round pick Nemanja Nedovic.
With the addition of swingman Andre Iguodala on Friday and forward Marreese Speights on Monday, the Warriors' roster now stands at 13. After losing productive reserves Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry to free agency, it seems Golden State has aptly retooled to regain the depth that made it successful last season.
O'Neal, entering his 18th season, showed he still had something left last season for Phoenix. He averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.7 minutes off the bench. The 6-foot-11 center, who turns 35 in October, figures to be a reliable place holder until backup center Festus Ezeli recovers from knee surgery.
Douglas, entering his fifth NBA season, gives the Warriors a quality defender and veteran experience at point guard, replenishing some of what Golden State lost with Jack. He's a decent 3-pointer shooter (career 35.9 percent) who has some playoff experience with New York under his belt. He finished last season with Sacramento after being traded by Houston.
The moves come a day after the Warriors locked up Speights, who is expected to provide some of the inside scoring and toughness Landry produced off the bench last season.
The Warriors' reserves have already gotten a boost with the acquisition of Iguodala, who figures to force Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes to the bench. After a productive postseason as a rookie, forward Draymond Green is expected to grow into a key reserve.
The crop they have assembled seems intended to make the Warriors better defensively and more experienced deep in the rotation.
And this is all without knowing what will come of guards Kent Bazemore and Nedovic. Selected No. 30 overall by the Warriors last month, Nedovic reached a buyout agreement with his Lithuania pro team and signed his rookie deal with Golden State, which will pay him about $1 million next season.
"Officially a Warrior!" Nedovic wrote on Twitter.
He and Bazemore give the Warriors a couple of young guards to compete against each other in practice.
The Warriors still have two roster spots open. In the past, general manager Bob Myers has opted to leave the end of the bench open to keep Golden State flexible.
The Warriors have their eyes on a couple of players on their summer league team -- former Syracuse swingman James Southerland and former Ohio University point guard D.J. Cooper -- who could earn invitations to camp. Plus, since it's still early in free agency, the Warriors might want to see who falls through the cracks and can be had for a bargain.
After their sign-and-trade with Denver (for Iguodala) goes through, the Warriors will have a traded player exception that allows them to absorb contracts from other teams. They will need a roster spot to use it.
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