3 potential buyout options for the Golden State Warriors' 15th roster spot

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3. Otto Porter Jr.

If there's one player the Warriors would love to become available in the buyout market, it's Otto Porter Jr. They know when healthy, the 30-year-old is a perfect fit in their system as a pivotal piece to the 2022 NBA championship.

After just eight games before season-ending foot surgery in his first year in Toronto, Porter has made his return in averaging 14.8 minutes across six games with the Raptors so far this season. The former third overall pick is still proving himself to be a serviceable three-point shooter at 6'8", having shot 38.5% on over two attempts per game.

It must be said, the chances of Porter becoming available is extremely remote. The Raptors are 5-7, and on the back of major growth from former Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes, appear like a playoff-contending team who could do with Porter's production off the bench. The former number three overall pick has a positive plus-minus so far on the season, including being a +11 in his season debut against the championship-contending Milwaukee Bucks at the start of the month.

However, if he were to sustain any more injuries, perhaps the Raptors would just cut their losses and his $6.3 million contract. It's also worth noting that Toronto have a full 15-man roster right now, meaning they would have to cut someone if they wanted to add another player or were to bring more back in a trade.

There's a chance Golden State got the last consistent and healthy year of Porter's career, but even if that were the case, his potential upside might be worth taking a gamble on again were he too become available.