Don’t expect the former lottery pick to suit up for Golden State, however.
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.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 24, 2019
While the Warriors do have one open roster spot, they are hard-capped, meaning they have no money left that they’re allowed to spend. Chriss cannot make it onto the regular season roster without a corresponding move.
Those corresponding options are slim. The team could waive Alfonzo McKinnie, who is on a non-guaranteed deal, though that seems highly unlikely. They could also trade Omari Spellman or Jacob Evans III.
Because of these restrictions, there’s no way that Chriss’ deal can be guaranteed. And, indeed, The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reports that it’s a non-guaranteed training camp invite.
I hear it's a non-guaranteed camp invite for Chriss. Warriors don't really have room for 15th man (hard cap), but McKinnie (very likely to remain on roster) has a non-guaranteed deal and other pieces could be shed if Chriss impresses. https://t.co/7foFvfpmX5— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 24, 2019
It’s highly, highly, highly unlikely that we see Chriss in a Warriors jersey this season, but just to do due diligence, let’s consider the player. There are some serious pros, and some serious cons.
Pros: Outrageous athleticism, just turned 22 years old, lottery pick pedigree.
Cons: Bad at offense, bad at defense.
Well, when you put it that way . . .
Chriss has played three years in the NBA after the Phoenix Suns drafted him eighth overall in 2016. He played two seasons with the Suns, before spending last year with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
He has career averages of 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.9% from the field, with a 51.1% true shooting percentage.