It seems the West just keeps on getting richer. A flurry of trades and transactions over the last couple months have made the deadly Western Conference even deadlier. The Dallas Mavericks acquired four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics. Houston traded for forward Corey Brewer and picked up Josh Smith after he was released by Detroit. The Thunder made a splash by adding Dion Waiters to solidify their core. Now the Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly landed Jeff Green in a multi-team deal.
Meanwhile, the Warriors are currently riding a six-game winning streak with a league-best 29-5 record. They have been able to get it done on both ends of the floor and have every reason to stand pat even with the trade deadline approaching.
However, this does not mean Golden State might not entertain minor moves. After waiving Nemanja Nedovic last November, the team created an empty roster slot. One option to fill this vacancy is by signing a player to a 10-day contract.
The 10-day contract is an effective method of evaluating talent at a low cost and potentially adding an impact player who could help the team on a championship run. In 2013, the Miami Heat signed veteran Chris Andersen to a 10-day deal. Andersen played well and was eventually signed for the rest of the season, helping the Heat capture the 2013 NBA title.
If the Warriors decide to go this route with their last roster spot, here are potential 10-day contract candidates they should take a look at.
Barron, the journeyman out of Memphis has bounced in and out of the NBA. As an undrafted player, Barron began his career in Miami followed by stints in New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Portland, Golden State and Washington. Playing for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League this season, he has averaged 20.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. A legit seven footer - Barron would provide big man insurance and a veteran presence. NBA D-League.com has listed Barron as one of the top "Plug 'N' Play" options.
Seth Curry, brother of point guard Stephen Curry is a familiar face to the Golden State Warriors organization. Seth went undrafted in 2013 and later signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Warriors. After getting waived by the Warriors, Seth played for the Warriors D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz. Seth Curry has been honing his skills for the Erie Bayhawks this year and it is worth mentioning that he currently averages an impressive statline of 26.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists on an insane 51.7% field goal, 53.1% 3-pt field goal and 93.4% free throw - albeit against D-League competition. The Warriors do have depth at the point guard position, but injuries hamper the guard rotation, Seth Curry warrants a look.
As the 38th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Miller spent two season with the Denver Nuggets averaging 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. Currently playing for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League, the 6' 9" forward has displayed an improved jumper. Just 22 years old, Miller is posting 25.9 points and 6.9 rebounds on 49 percent from the field. His length and athleticism certainly make him an intriguing prospect as he is capable of guarding multiple positions. The Warriors already have some nice pieces off the bench, but perhaps adding a scorer in Miller who help take some offensive pressure when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson catch breathers.
The Warriors could use frontcourt depth as Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli's health are ongoing question marks. Jarvis Varnado, a lanky big man who is known for his shot blocking and defense was a defensive menace in college leading the NCAA in blocks in 2007-08. The big man out of Mississippi State played 23 games for the Philadelphia 76ers last year. In this week's NBA D-League's Prospect Watch, Varnado comes in as the 10th top prospect. Already with NBA experience, Varnado would help anchor the middle for the second unit.