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Report: Warriors close to signing Ben Gordon

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The Warriors’ search for an off-the-bench shooter has taken an interesting turn.

So far, Golden State has gotten Chris Babb thrown into the David Lee trade and signed Jarell Eddie and Ian Clark. Clark is the most-experienced of the bunch with just 53 NBA games in two seasons. Babb is the oldest at only 25.

Ben Gordon – age 32 with 744 games played – brings a different element.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Gordon is a long way from the player who starred in the Bulls’ thrilling seven-game first-round series against the Celtics in 2009. He has since spent six nondescript years with the Pistons, Bobcats and Magic.

At least Gordon’s 3-point shooting rebounded last season to 36%, up from 28% the year prior. If Gordon projects to get near his 40% career mark – Golden State will get him many open looks – he could make the regular-season roster.

That’s really Gordon’s only marketable skill at this point, and it isn’t even certain his shooting stroke his still reliable. His poor defense and passing are unquestionable, perhaps fading too quickly at age 32 for him to remain in the league.

It seems Gordon has coasted since getting his big contract from Detroit. If that continues with Golden State, Babb, Eddie or Clark will beat him out. Those three youngsters are too hungry and too talented to all fall to a fading Gordon.

But if Gordon shows a renewed sense of purpose to make a team that will take him to the playoffs for the first time since Chicago, Gordon could be another interesting piece on the already loaded Warriors.

Report: Grizzlies signing Air Force veteran Dan Nwaelele

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Patrick Christopher signed an unguaranteed contract with the Grizzlies, according to Basketball Insiders.

But he won’t make it to training camp.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Dan Nwaelele went undrafted out of Air Force in 2007, and he could have gone to training camp with the Spurs – maybe even made the team – his agent said. But he had to fulfill his military service requirement. He was on active duty until 2012, played in the D-League and then finally got to San Antonio’s camp in 2013.

The 6-foot-5 wing is a nice shooter, but at age 31, it might be too late for him to make the NBA.

Though I’m betting on Ryan Hollins claiming Memphis’ final regular-season roster spot, the coolest story would definitely be Nwaelele.

Nets complete roster with Chris Daniels

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The Nets just put the finishing touch on the most expansive training-camp battle in the NBA.

Brooklyn has just 12 players with guaranteed salaries, presumably leaving three openings on the regular-season roster. The Nets have signed their eighth player on an unguaranteed or partially guaranteed contract, bringing their roster to the offseason limit of 20.

Nets release:

The Brooklyn Nets have signed center Chris Daniels, General Manager Billy King announced today.

The eight Nets competing for three regular-season roster spots:

Brooklyn could go a lot of ways with this, but it’s hard to see Daniels – who went undrafted out of at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2008 and has played overseas and in the D-League since – winning a spot.

Save Jones, Daniels is older than the rest of the group by four years. But Jones had a lengthy NBA career. Daniels never played in the league. If he didn’t look like an NBA player when he was younger, it’s unlikely Daniels becomes one at age 31.