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Warriors will re-sign Marquese Chriss to a two-way deal

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He’s back!

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Marquese Chriss is returning to the Golden State Warriors, barely a week after being waived by the club. This time around, he’s on a two-way contract.

The news was first reported by The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, and quickly confirmed by Warriors beat reporters.

Chriss opened the season on a non-guaranteed contract with the Warriors. Last week, following a loss to the Sacramento Kings, the team waived him. His contract was set to guarantee, and the team needed to clear space in order to convert Damion Lee’s two-way deal into a guaranteed contract.

Lee will sign his new contract soon, which will open up a free two-way spot for Chriss, just before the January 15 deadline to sign new two-way contracts.

Chriss will not have the full 45 days of NBA eligibility that two-way contracts are given, but instead a prorated amount of days, which should be 23. But here’s the (positive) catch: Those 23 days should take him right about to the point in March where the team could convert his contract into a guaranteed deal without exceeding the hard cap.

In other words, Chriss should be able to spend most, if not all of the Warriors remaining games with Golden State, rather than in the G League.

With this move, it’s clear that the team wasn’t just posturing when they claimed a desire to reunite with Chriss. They’re clearly happy that he made it through waivers, and it seems likely that they see the 22-year old former lottery pick as a potential piece of their next great team. And, quite importantly, Chriss will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Chriss has appeared in 37 games for the Warriors this year, including 3 starts. He’s averaging 7.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 17.7 minutes per game.