Stephen Curry is one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters (maybe ever). Klay Thompson is an incredible second option from behind the arc. Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes also made more than a 3-pointer per game last season, providing nice support from the frontcourt.
But – with all due respect for the streaky Andre Iguodala and Leandro Barbosa, who has distributing responsibilities – the Warriors could use another spot-up outside shooter off the bench.
That’s why they signed Ian Clark.
It’s also why they’re signing Jarell Eddie.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Eddie shot 37% on 3-pointers in four seasons in Virginia Tech, but he went undrafted last year. So, he went to the D-League and make 43% of his 3-pointers.
The Warriors have 13 players with guaranteed contracts plus James McAdoo ($100,000 guaranteed), Chris Babb (unguaranteed), Clark and Eddie. I doubt Clark or Eddie got much, if any, of a guarantee, though that’s still unclear. Facing the luxury tax, Golden State probably doesn’t want much dead money on the books. Though most teams use a partial guarantee, the Warriors can entice quality players in this free agent tier by offering the chance of a role on an excellent team with a good record of player development. That can pay off with more money down the road.
McAdoo’s guarantee gives him a leg up for making the regular-season roster. That leaves Eddie, Clark and Babb competing for one – maybe two if McAdoo falters – roster spot(s). That’s a lot of pressure on each shot during training camp and the preseason, but that’s what the Warriors want. If all goes well, they’ll be in more high-pressure situations about eight months later.
Ian Clark led the Warriors to the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League title.
That earned Clark a two-year contract with the Jazz.
Now a free agent again, Clark is headed back to the champion Warriors.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Free agent guard Ian Clark has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors, league sources told RealGM
Clark will give the Warriors 16 players – one more than the regular-season limit – though James Michael McAdoo’s contract is just $100,00 guaranteed and Chris Babb’s is unguaranteed.
Clark’s guarantee will say a lot about how much the Warriors value him. Given their impending luxury-tax bill, they’ll be especially reluctant to waive players with guaranteed salaries. Any guarantee would give Clark a leg up on Babb in a potential training-camp battle, and if the guarantee is big enough, it could put put Clark ahead of McAdoo, too.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are obviously excellent 3-pointer shooters, but Golden State could use another outside threat off the bench. Clark, who made 43% of his 3-pointers in four years at Belmont and 38% professionally between the NBA and D-League, would fit the bill.
While a lot of the attention after the Lakers game was on Kobe Bryant (26 points on 7-of-22 shooting… I expect a lot of nights like that from Kobe this season) he did not have the signature highlight from the Lakers preseason win.
That came courtesy Ronnie Price and Wesley Johnson.
Price picks the pocket of Utah guard Ian Clark and is off to the races. Johnson gets out and fills the middle lane and Price hits him with a sweet behind the back pass to set up the dunk over a charging Carrick Felix (I like the play from Felix, he hustled back and tried to make a play on the ball, he didn’t just watch the highlight happen).
We learned this last year with the Lakers — Wesley Johnson is at his best in transition.