The Golden State Warriors roster has been set for some time. They have 14 of their 15 spots filled, with no money left for a 15th player. Both of their two-way contracts are handled.
Yet there’s still the matter of training camp, when the Warriors will need more than just the 16 bodies that they plan to take into the season.
Enter NBA journeyman Andrew Harrison. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Warriors were signing Harrison to a training camp contract.
Free agent guard Andrew Harrison has agreed to a training camp deal with Golden State, agent @KB_Sports of @BDA_Sports tells ESPN. Warriors have 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2019
Harrison was drafted 44th overall in 2015, but only played in the G League that season. He debuted for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2016-17 season, and got consistent minutes that year and in 2017-18.
But Harrison played sparingly last year, appearing in one game for the Grizzlies, ten games for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and six games for the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 24-year old 6-foot-6 guard has career averages of 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.
Harrison isn’t the only training camp addition. In a review of his tour of the Chase Center, The Athletic’s Anthony Slater revealed that the team has also added Juan Toscano-Anderson and Devyn Marble to the training camp roster.
Toscano-Anderson is not a surprising camp invitation. He was part of the Warriors Summer League team, and spent last year playing in the G League for the Santa Cruz Warriors. The 26-year old 6-foot-6 guard averaged 7.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists for Santa Cruz.
Marble is also a 26-year old 6-foot-6 guard. He was drafted 56th overall in 2014, and played in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons for the Orlando Magic, averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 44 appearances.
He hasn’t played in the NBA since, and has spent the last few years in Europe.
With the Warriors roster full, it’s highly unlikely that Harrison, Toscano-Anderson, or Marble can work their way onto the regular season roster. But it’s not impossible. Alfonzo McKinnie’s contract is non-guaranteed, so if Bob Myers and Steve Kerr deem one of the above options to be a clear upgrade, they can make the move (though it likely wouldn’t go over too well in the locker room). They could also explore trading Omari Spellman to open up a spot.
In all likelihood, though, these are just camp bodies.