The dust had barely settled on the Golden State Warriors’ preseason opener, a 108-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets, when the first round of roster cuts came. Just an hour after the game ended, the Dubs announced that Antonius Cleveland and Alex Hamilton had been waived.
Warriors waive Antonius Cleveland & Alex Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/t3qAq1w1hr— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 1, 2017
Cutting Cleveland and Hamilton allows the two players to seek opportunities with other teams before the season starts. If they’re unable to make another team’s roster, it’s quite likely that we’ll see them with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s G-League affiliate. Hamilton played for Santa Cruz last year, so the coaching staff is very familiar with him.
The Warriors roster is now down to 18 players: 15 guaranteed contracts, one two-way contract (Chris Boucher), and two non-guaranteed contracts (Michael Gbinije and Georges Niang). One of the camp storylines for the final three preseason games is if Gbinije or Niang will earn the second two-way contract.
Those two will get to state their case in the next game, which is October 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in China.