The Golden State Warriors confirmed their 14th roster spot last week, signing Brazillian forward and former 55th overall pick Gui Santos to a multi-year deal.
It was a slightly surprising move from the franchise given Santos is a long-term project player who is likely to spend the majority of the season with Santa Cruz in the G League. The Warriors had previously looked at veterans Rudy Gay and Rodney McGruder during training camp and preseason, before waiving the pair on the eve of the regular season.
The Golden State Warriors still have their 15th roster spot in which to add a veteran free agent should they wish.
With 14 players currently contracted to the main roster, Golden State still have some flexibility to add another player to the roster. Realistically, there's a good chance they leave it open for the entire season so as to avoid adding to their already exorbitant luxury tax bill.
However, depending on how the Warriors season plays out, they may believe it worthwhile to add to their championship credentials. If there's a player that's been available as a free agent for a while, chances are Golden State has zero interest.
Therefore, the more likely outcome is that they sign a player currently on another roster. As we've seen most recently with new LA Clippers' big man Daniel Theis, veteran players can be bought out or waived, usually by young, rebuilding teams, allowing them to sign with a championship contender.
With the emergence of rookie Brandin Podziemski, the Warriors appear set in the guard department. Any further addition is likely to be a wing or big, although the impressive play of Trayce Jackson-Davis may also mean another center is surplus to requirements.
Let's look at three players who the Warriors could target should they be bought out/waived and become available.