The Warriors need big-man depth.
Festus Ezeli has been out all season. Jermaine O’Neal and Draymond Green are banged up. Marreese Speights can’t gain Mark Jackson’s trust. Andre Iguodala is injured, too, and although he mostly plays on the wing, his absence the number of minutes he and Harrison Barnes can soak up as a small-ball forward tandem.
This isn’t a drastic situation, but if the season ended right now, Golden State would miss the playoffs. The West is just too stacked to leave anything to chance.
So, the Warriors have added a big man, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
As the Golden State Warriors absorb injuries and shoddy defense on their frontline, they are signing forward Hilton Armstrong out of NBA D-League affiliate Santa Cruz, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Hilton is a fringe NBA player. The No. 12 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, the 29-year-old hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, though he spent the preseason with the Pacers. He was averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game in the D-League.
At 6-foot-11, he’ll give the Warriors size. Anything else would be a bonus.