With two games remaining in their preseason schedule, the Golden State Warriors have reportedly made a host of roster changes in the aftermath of their overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, the Warriors are waiving camp invitees Donovan Williams, Javan Johnson and Kendric Davis, while adding four-year NBA forward Javonte Green and undrafted guard Yuri Collins.
Former Chicago Bulls forward Javonte Green projects as an intriguing prospect for the Golden State Warriors and their vacant 14th roster spot.
Green is by far the most notable name of the quintet, with the departures of Williams, Johnson and Davis hardly a surprise after little impact in the preseason to date. The 30-year-old Green fits the bill as a veteran player, having held extensive experience overseas before signing with the Boston Celtics in 2019.
A high-flying 6’5″ forward, Green’s best season came with the Chicago Bulls in 2021-22 where he started 45 games and averaged 23.4 minutes during the regular season. He posted 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game, shooting 54.2% from the floor and 35.6% from three-point range.
Green struggled through injury last season, limited to just 32 games after undergoing a minor procedure on his knee in January. He was unable to garner a guaranteed contract this offseason as a result, leaving him to fight for Golden State’s vacant 14th roster spot.
The battle now appears down to three — Green, Rudy Gay and Rodney McGruder. The latter has yet to appear in a preseason game due to concussion, while 37-year-old Gay sat out the Warriors’ victory over the Kings on Sunday.
After going undrafted in June, Collins played for the Warriors at Summer League in July. The 22-year-old averaged 1.3 points, 1.0 rebound and 3.0 assists in 17.2 minutes per game, shooting a paltry 14.3% from the field.
Slater added that all five players are “expected to land in Santa Cruz to open the G League season.” While Green may be behind the eight-ball given his late addition, he could theoretically be a fit for the Warriors should he impress towards the end of preseason.