Armstrong appeared in 15 games last season with the Warriors and received limited playing time. He averaged 1.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per game. An eight-year veteran, Armstrong has played for six different teams, averaging 3.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 292 games.
While the Warriors had no interest in retaining the veteran journeyman, they could still use some depth down low. Armstrong’s departure means the Warriors have three backup big men on the roster: Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, and Ognjen Kuzmic. Factor in Ezeli’s health concerns and Kuzmic’s lack of experience and that’s not a whole lot of depth. Jermaine O’Neal has not officially announced his retirement, but even if he is brought back, his age and health will be an issue.
The Warriors can only add players by offering them the league minimum, since they have used up their mid-level and bi-annual exceptions. Their lone acquisitions thus far this offseason have been Shaun Livingston and Brandon Rush, whom they signed for the minimum.
Curry and Thompson are trying to make the 12-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Basketball in Spain. The Warriors are well-represented in Las Vegas, where training is being held, as Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes are on the select squad.