The Golden State Warriors have made one final move before kicking off the 2020-21 NBA season, and it’s one that will make fans happy. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the team re-signed wing Juan Toscano-Anderson to a two-way contract.
The Golden State Warriors are signing forward Juan Toscano-Anderson to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 22, 2020
Toscano-Anderson was waived over the weekend as part of the team’s roster crunch. According to Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors were hoping they could sneak him through waivers so that he could be brought back on a two-way contract.
The 6’6” Toscano-Anderson is a fan favorite, despite playing just 13 games for the Warriors. He was born in Oakland, and starred at nearby Castro Valley High School. In June, he organized the powerful “Walking in Unity” protest in Oakland, which was attended by Steph Curry, Kevon Looney, and Damion Lee.
After spending a few years playing professionally in Mexico and Venezuela, Toscano-Anderson made his NBA debut for the Warriors last season, and averaged 5.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He’s a tremendous athlete and a savvy defender, and looks ready to contribute if the Warriors call his number.
With the structure of two-way contracts being changed for this season, it’s likely that Toscano-Anderson won’t spend any time in the G League. The new, temporary two-way rules allow him an unlimited amount of time practicing and traveling with the Warriors, and he can play up to 50 of the team’s 72 games.