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Warriors won’t give Dragan Bender a second 10-day contract right away

The forward could be back sooner rather than later.

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After the Warriors upset win over the Denver Nuggets yesterday, some interesting news came out about the roster.

The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reports that the team won’t be giving forward Dragan Bender a new 10-day contract right away, but that could change the down the line.

“I really like Dragan,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “I think he’s got a lot of potential. We’ll see what happens. I’d love to give him another 10 days, if possible. But we’ll figure that out as an organization going forward.”

Bender looked good in the win over the Nuggets, dropping 14 points off the bench. He has gotten a bit better on the defensive end after struggling when he initially signed a couple of weeks ago.

The 22-year-old is averaging 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds a game with the Dubs, but had come on strong this past week, dropping 11.6 points per contest and helping the Warriors win two out of their last three.

“He’s got a lot of potential,” Kerr said. “Obviously fourth pick in the draft, there’s a reason for that. He’s shown in the 10 days if you give him a little confidence, you give him a chance to play and gain some confidence, he can do a lot of good things out there.”

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