Marquese Chriss is back with the Golden State Warriors. Nine days after being waived, the former lottery pick was officially re-signed, this time to a two-way contract.
Warriors sign Marquese Chriss to Two-Way contract: pic.twitter.com/Lz2KYNrgTh— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 15, 2020
Chriss is taking the open two-way spot that was left by Damion Lee, who, in a circular move, was given Chriss’ roster spot. However, Chriss doesn’t get the full 45 days of NBA eligibility normally afforded to a two-way player.
Instead, Chriss will have a prorated number of days, based on when he was signed. That number should be 24.
To maintain Chriss’ eligibility for as long as possible, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that the fourth-year center won’t really be practicing with the team, as practice days count against eligibility.
Chriss will work out on his own time (he should still be able to use the Warriors facility), and join his teammates on game days.
With 24 pro-rated two-way days left, Steve Kerr says Marquese Chriss will typically practice on his own time following Golden State’s workouts and play on game days so he doesn’t burn days.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 15, 2020
This could potentially be a little bit of a hit to Chriss’ development, but well worth it if it allows him to play in the games.
And, speaking of those games, Chriss will make his Warriors return on Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Damion Lee will start Thursday vs Denver. Also, Marquese Chriss is expected to suit up against the Nuggets.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 15, 2020
If the Warriors hold Chriss out of practices, his 24 days of two-way eligibility will last long enough that the team can convert his contract in March, should they so choose.