Warriors’ Training Camp Decisions, Kerrs’ Difficult Choices
Updated: Oct 17, 2022
The Warriors have invited (6) players to compete for (2) open spots, But Bob Myers, General Manager, may only carries a 14 man roster to open the season. The competition for that (1) roster spots will make this camp the most competitive training camp in Kerr’s eight year tenure as the coach the Golden State Warriors . The cost of the 15th roster spot will cost 8.7 mils if filled. The Warriors being a repeater taxed team, Myers may have little choice but to carry a (14) man rostered.
1) Quinndary Weatherspoon was selected with the 49th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2019 NBA draft. Q spent two years in the Spurs origination from 2019-2021. Played for the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2021, converted from a 10-day to a two-way. Presently under contract (two-way) for the 2022/23 season. Twenty-five-year-old 6’3” SG.
2) Gui Santos, twenty-year-old, 6’8” SF/wing with a 7’ wingspan. He was selected with the 55 overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft from Brazil. In the 2021–22 season, Santos was named the Sixth Man of the Year in the Brazilian Professional League, NNB, after he averaged 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds over the 2022 season.
3) Trevian Williams -
Twenty-two-year-old 6’ 9” center. Undrafted, four-year player from Purdue. Williams signed an exhibit 10 contract for the 2022 season.
4) Jerome Robinson -
Twenty-five-year-old 6’ 4” SG. The LA Clipper’s 13th overall pick from Boston College in the 2018 NBA draft. Robinson played for the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2022. He signed Exhibit 10 for the balance of the 2022 season.
5) Pat Spencer -
Spencer Spent the 2021/22 season with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Undrafted, four-year player from Northwestern University. He was born July 4, 1996, and is a 6’ 3” Shooting guard. Spencer signed Exhibit 10 for the balance of the 2022 season.
6) Matthew McClung -
Twenty-three-year-old, 6’ 2” PG/SG, a 4-year player from Texas Tech/Georgetown. He played for the South Bay Lakers in 2021, Chicago Bulls in 2021/22, and returned to South Bay Lakers/LA Lakers in 2022. McClung signed Exhibit 9 for the balance of the 2022 season.
Exhibit 10 Contracts: https://www.slamonline.com/nba/cba-explained-exhibit-10-contracts/
Exhibit 9 Contracts: https://www.slamonline.com/nba/cba-explained-exhibit-9-in-nba-summer-contracts/
The competition for the 14th spot on the roster could end up a battle between Quinndary Weatherspoon and Gui Santos. Should Draymond Green opt-out of his player option, a twenty-seven million contract, taking his hall-of-fame talent elsewhere, and Andrew Iguodala decides not to retire? This scenario will complicate Kerr's camp decisions.
'Q,' who signed a two-way contract for the 2022/23 season and will be available to Kerr for a maximum of 50 days before being required to be converted to a standard minimum NBA contract. This option allows Myers to minimize Weatherspoon's tax consequences should Quinndary find minutes in Kerr's rotation.
Myers has three options in determining Santos' future with the Golden State Warriors. Option one: is to convert Weatherspoon when the Warriors finalize their roaster. Myers could then sign Santos to a two-way and allow him time to develop in Santa Cruz, leaving Kerr with the opportunity to expose him to the NBA for 50 days in San Francisco. Option two: Should Gui set training camp on fire, sign him to a cheap rookie deal for two or three years, which Myers did with his 44th pick, Ryan Rollins. Option three: Send him home to play another year in Brazil. A horrible choice for Myers to consider, but the repeater tax liability may leave him no choice, and if Iguodala returns, Myers' only option will be to send him home.
Some teams in the league are keeping a close eye on what Myers does. Sacramento would be the first in line after lighting them for 23 points, opening night, in the California Classic. Qui would have added to that total if Sacramento had not implemented a defense that doubled-teamed him the whole second half. His mentor, Leandro Barbosa, is now on Mike Brown's staff, and he would love to have him back under his wing. Gui Santos is an athletic, energetic swingman. At 6-foot-8, 209 pounds with a 7-foot wingspan with quick feet, a versatile forward who can guard multiple positions, initiate the offense and find open teammates. He excels at attacking the basket to score on offense. He is quite adept at taking opponents off the dribble—high basketball IQ with the ability to distribute the ball with passing skills. With a high ceiling and low floor, his size and athleticism are the perfect fit for the young core of the Golden State Warriors.