With Lester Quinones’ 10-day contract having expired, the Golden State Warriors roster has once again reduced to 14 players as they enter the crucial final period of the 2022-23 NBA regular season.
Quinones failed to see any on court action with Golden State in his short tenure with the franchise, having originally been signed to ensure two-way players Anthony Lamb and Ty Jerome could play their maximum 50 games.
The Golden State Warriors remain likely to utilize their open 15th roster spot prior to what they hope is another sustained postseason run.
Golden State now has the next couple of weeks to decide on what they do with the 15th spot. Jerome has three more games before reaching the 50-game limit, while Lamb is currently in a holding pattern as he spends time in the G League having played his allotted 50 games. According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, expect the Warriors to make a decision in the coming days.
Lamb remains the frontrunner to earn the spot and have his two-way contract converted. That likelihood has only increased with the uncertainty surrounding Andrew Wiggins, with no timeline set for the 2021 All-Star as he deals with personal matters. Lamb was a significant part of the Warriors rotation while he was active, averaging seven points, 3.4 rebounds, and shooting 37.9% from three-point range in 20.1 minutes per game.
Jerome too has been solid for the Warriors this season, averaging seven points and 3.1 assists on nearly 50/40/90 shooting splits. The need for another guard has been minimized though with the return of superstar Stephen Curry, and Golden State hopes to have Gary Payton II return at some point over the next month.
The Warriors’ decision will ultimately come down to how impactful they think Lamb could be in a playoff rotation. It will also be determined by Wiggins and if the franchise gets any indication of a possible return. Joe Lacob could decide to save money by leaving the spot open, though that appears an unlikely outcome at this stage.