Phil Pressey has been invited to the Golden State Warriors training camp, but it’s unlikely he makes the final roster.
Unrestricted free agent Phil Pressey has bounced around the league quite a bit since going undrafted in 2013. However, word on the street is he’ll now be working to find a home with the Golden State Warriors.
Unfortunately for him, it’s unlikely DubNation sees him at Oracle Arena on opening night.
Reporter David Pick was the first to report Pressey’s camp deal via Twitter on Tuesday morning. Pressey will join Golden State on a make-good deal, contingent on his play during training camp.
The Warriors are bringing point guard Phil Pressey to training camp, according to source.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 16, 2016
Pressey, 25, had his time split between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns last season. In 23 NBA games, he averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 assists.
Pressey also played 31 games for the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 2.0 steals. He also shot 43.0 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from behind the arc.
Santa Cruz Warriors fans may recall seeing the 5-foot-11 Missouri product throughout the 2016 D-League regular season. Pressey played a huge part in SCW’s final two losses, averaging 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 2.0 steals on 9-for-23 shooting from the field (39.1%) and 5-for-11 shooting from three (45.4%).
In addition, Pressey helped Idaho win three other games against the D-League Dubs earlier in the season. In fact, the offensively-lacking Stampede ranked 9th in assists per game last year in large part to Pressey’s willingness to share the ball.
Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston are the only point guards on the roster, so adding Pressey adds depth at PG. However, it’s difficult trying to see how Pressey would ultimately fit in the grand scheme of things.
Not to mention the fact Santa Cruz veteran Elliot Williams will be vying for a spot while in training camp, as well. If the Warriors are truly looking for depth at PG, the 6-foot-5, 27-year-old guard could develop into a potential backup at the helm with the right coaching.
JaVale McGee will also be competing for the final roster spot while in training camp. McGee has the highest chance to make the cut, as the Warriors desperately need a rim protector.
But if Pressey is interested in a change in scenery, Santa Cruz is likely to have first dibs on the pass-first point guard following the NBA preseason.