The Chris Boucher experiment appears to be over, at least for the Golden State Warriors. Or, at least for now. On Friday, the day after the 2018 NBA Draft, the team opted to waive Boucher, who was about to start the second year of a two-year, two-way contract.
Sources: The Golden State Warriors are waiving forward Chris Boucher, who signed a two-way NBA deal after the 2017 NBA draft. Boucher will be an unrestricted free agent.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018
Boucher, a 6’10” power forward, was always a long shot to secure a role with the Warriors. He entered the draft last year as a 24-year old with a torn ACL, and, after going undrafted, joined the Warriors on a two-way contract.
Boucher - who played college basketball at Oregon with Jordan Bell - rehabbed with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League, and returned to the court before the season ended. In 20 games in Santa Cruz, Boucher averaged 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game.
He was called up briefly, and appeared in one game with Golden State, tallying one rebound and one missed shot in one minute of action.
Now an unrestricted free agent, Boucher can sign a contract with any team. He could even sign a fully guaranteed contract with the Warriors, though that almost certainly won’t happen.
However, it is entirely possible that the Warriors re-sign Boucher to a two-way contract. General Manager Bob Myers explained that Quinn Cook’s performance last year made the Warriors see the need for a two-way player who can contribute immediately, whereas Boucher is a long-term project. If Golden State can’t fill their two-way spaces with such players, they very well may turn back to Boucher.
Warriors still have two open two-way spots. Still possible they bring Chris Boucher back. Undecided. The Quinn Cook experience made them realize they may need guys who are ready to step in if needed, Myers said. pic.twitter.com/rA7QhhEnrB— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 22, 2018
With Boucher waived, the team now has two open two-way contracts, as well as five openings for guaranteed contracts.