The search to fill their vacant 14th roster spot continues for the Golden State Warriors, with the franchise reportedly holding workouts with a plethora of free agents less than six weeks away from the start of the regular season.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Warriors have held workouts with former players in Juan Toscano-Anderson, Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmon, along with Will Barton, Jaylen Nowell, Stanley Johnson and Derrick Favors.
The seven players reported to have held workouts with the Golden State Warriors provides an indication of which position the franchise is looking to target.
This is an intriguing crop of players, particularly given some are in different stages of their career than others. Take Jaylen Nowell for example, the 24-year-old shooting-guard who is seen by many as one of the most talented players remaining on the free agent market.
Nowell has played four seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, becoming an integral part of their bench unit in 2022-23 posting averages of 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.
While talented with high-upside, Nowell also represents the last type of players the Warriors need — another guard. The remaining six are all forwards or centers, aside from Will Barton who you can argue plays at the two or the three.
Another big man has long been forecast as the desire when evaluating the current Warrior roster, with Dedmon, Johnson and Favors providing the options in that department based on these reported workouts.
Dedmon played in 38 games for the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers last season, Johnson 30 games with the San Antonio Spurs, while long-time veteran Favors hasn’t played since his year with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2021-22.
With a number of teams still over their allotted 15-man roster heading into the season, the Warriors may be waiting to see who else may shake free as possible options for them over the coming weeks.