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Marquese Chriss won’t be practicing with the Warriors

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In order to preserve his NBA eligibility, Chriss will have to practice on his own time.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

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.

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.