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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.

Warriors’ Marquese Chriss fined $35,000 for shoving Luka Doncic to the ground

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The NBA comes down hard on players who do anything that can lead to another players’ injury — a blow to the head, for example. Shoving a player into photographers along the baseline qualifies.

Golden State’s Marquese Chriss was fined $35,000 by the NBA Monday for shoving Dallas’ Luka Doncic into photographers on Saturday night, the league announced.

One can’t blame Doncic for getting up ready to fight, that shove could have led to serious injury.

That fine doesn’t seem excessive on the face for a blatant shove, plus the league said “the amount of the fine was based in part on the fact that Chriss has been disciplined on several prior occasions for physical altercations on the court.” However, considering Chriss is on a minimum salary it’s a serious blow to his pocketbook.

Which is why Chriss’ agents are trying to get the fine reduced.

That fine doesn’t seem unreasonable considering the blatant shove, and the league rarely changes its mind. But Chriss is going to try.

Report: Warriors guard Alec Burks available in a trade

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With Klay Thompson likely out for the season, the Warriors brought in Alec Burks and gave him a chance to rehab his reputation around the league. Burks has done that, to a degree, having his best season ever at 15.5 points per game, shooting 34.8 percent from three, and generally playing solid, maybe even slightly above average ball for Golden State.

Which has upped his trade value, so the Warriors are making him available, reports Monte Poole at NBC Sports Bay Area.

As much as the Warriors like Burks, and they most assuredly do, they are willing, according to league sources, to part with him — and several other veterans — for the right deal. Why consider moving arguably their most proficient offensive player? Because they want to create room to accommodate two-way guards Damion Lee and Ky Bowman.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged as much late Friday night.

“It’s an awkward situation for us, because Ky and Damion are coming up on their limit,” Kerr said. “And they’re two of our top seven players in our rotation. And yet the rules are that we only have them for another nine or 10 days each.

The Warriors are up against the hard cap, just $375,000 below it, so they can’t sign Lee or Bowman without first clearing out some salary. Moving Burks does that, as would trading Glenn Robinson III or Marquese Chriss, all of whom are on veteran minimum contracts. Because of those minimum contracts, the Warriors would not have to take back salary in a trade, just wanting a pick.

A playoff-bound team looking for guard depth may consider Burks, but teams will be cautious. Burks has not impressed in recent years in Utah and Cleveland, teams will wonder if Burks can sustain this level of play.

There will be interest and don’t be shocked if the Warriors make a move in the next week to 10 days rather than wait, just to keep Lee and/or Bowman up with the big squad.

Luka Doncic had more points, rebounds and assists than Warriors in first quarter


Luka Doncic keeps doing amazing things.

But he really outdid himself in opening quarter of the Mavericks win over the Warriors last night. The box score after the first quarter:

  • Points: Doncic 22, Warriors 16
  • Rebounds: Doncic 5, Warriors 4
  • Assists: Doncic 5, Warriors 4

Outscoring Golden State? OK. Getting more assists? OK. Doing both? That’s just incredible. Doncic was in total control offensively.

The 6-foot-7 wing out-rebounding the Warriors is especially astounding. Though I suppose if 6-foot Allen Iverson out-rebounded an entire team for a quarter, it’s not that crazy Doncic did, too.

To be fair, this achievement deserves a little context. Warriors who played in the first quarter:

Report: Grizzlies declining Josh Jackson’s fourth-year option

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The Suns traded Josh Jackson as a salary dump. The Grizzlies didn’t even bring him to training camp. Memphis announced it was exercising the rookie-scale options of both its other eligible players, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Grayson Allen.

The writing was on the wall.

Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian:

Jackson has a $8,930,242 team option for 2020-21. The deadline for exercising it is Oct. 31, but it’s nearly impossible to see the Grizzlies changing their mind.

The No. 4 pick in 2017, Jackson was part of an all-time miserable back-to-back drafts in Phoenix. The Suns also picked Dragan Bender No. 4 and Marquese Chriss No. 8 in 2016 – a trio of choices from which the franchise is still trying to recover.

In Memphis, Jackson faces practically no expectations. He must repair his off-court reputation and show growth on the floor. He has the frame and athleticism of NBA forward, and he’s just 22. His passing ability shows upside. But he needs major work with his shot and shot selection.

Jackson is now headed toward unrestricted free agency next summer. The Grizzlies would be capped at a starting salary of his team-option amount ($8,930,242) if re-signing him.

But fretting about that restriction is misguided. Jackson must first show he belongs in the league.