Warriors waive Marquese Chriss to open roster spot for Damion Lee

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Damion Lee began the season as a guy on a two-way contract with Golden State. Injuries opened the door for the 6’5″ shooting guard and he took advantage, playing his way into the starting lineup the last 11 games. Over the previous 10 games Lee has averaged 14.6 points a game, grabbed 7.5 rebounds a game, and shot 43.6 percent from three.

Lee’s time with the big club was about to run out — he can only be up with the Warriors for 45 days because of the two-way contract — so the Warriors are making moves to keep Lee on the roster. Via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Golden State gave Marquese Chriss a chance after the former No. 8 pick out of Washington never panned out in Phoenix or Houston. While he was playing regularly for the shorthanded Warriors, he didn’t grab the opportunity to change the perception of his game.

Lee did, which is why he will remain with the Warriors.