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Warriors sign Kavion Pippen, nephew of Scottie

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The Warriors are adding a big name to their roster, even if it doesn’t mean much.

NCAA Basketball: Southern Illinois at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have signed center Kavion Pippen to a training camp contract, the team announced on Monday.

Pippen is the nephew of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, but more importantly, he’s a center. And the Warriors desperately need centers, if only to be camp bodies.

Willie Cauley-Stein is missing all of training camp due to a foot strain, and Kevon Looney is currently sidelined due to a mild hamstring injury, so the Warriors essentially don’t have any centers. Camp invite Marquese Chriss impressed in the preseason opener on Saturday, but the team is still wildly thin at the position.

Pippen, who is 6-foot-10, played two years at Southern Illinois, before going undrafted. During the 2018-19 season, he averaged 12.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

His shot at making the team is longer than long. The Warriors don’t have any roster spots to dole out, and, even if they were to open up money by waiving Alfonzo McKinnie, Pippen would have to do very impressive things to jump ahead of Chriss.

To make room for Pippen, the Warriors cut guard Devyn Marble.