Golden State Warriors sign Dewayne Dedmon after two games in Santa Cruz

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors have signed Dewayne Dedmon to fill in for the injured Jermaine O'Neal. He will be available for tonight's game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

With Jermaine O'Neal out with an injury he suffered in Saturday night's game against Utah, the Golden State Warriors are expected to call-up training camp participant Dewayne Dedmon from the Santa Cruz Warriors as described by Keith Schlosser of SB Nation's Ridiculous Upside.

Just weeks removed from the team's final cuts to open up the season, the Warriors will sign training camp invitee Dewayne Dedmon, who was since retained as an affiliate player by the Santa Cruz Warriors.

The D-League season won't begin until Friday, which means Dedmon, the young center, hasn't exactly had all too much time to "develop" his game since leaving Golden State. Still, perhaps he was considered much closer to making it than most think.

Although it's true that Dedmon didn't exactly have a lot of time to "develop" in Santa Cruz, this situation does showcase yet another benefit of not only having a D-League team but also having it in close proximity to the NBA team: Dedmon started both of Santa Cruz's preseason games this past weekend and averaged 13.5 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game in wins over Reno and Bakersfield. With Golden State assistant general manager Kirk Lacob running things in Santa Cruz, the team was obviously able to keep tabs on Dedmon quite easily.

And as Schlosser notes at the end of his piece, calling up Dedmon is probably as good a solution to fill out their post rotation in O'Neal's absence as he's already familiar with the personnel, staff, and system.

For more updates on the Warriors' D-League affiliate, check out our Santa Cruz Warriors section.

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