• Several ex-Warriors could take the chance being replacement players to make an NBA return
  • Jeremy Lin could benefit from the NBA's decision to allow replacement players
  • Monta Ellis could make sense if teams are willing to take the risk

The NBA has allowed teams to hire replacement players with teams struggling to field in the appropriate number of players during game days.

There are several free agents available in the market, a short-term opportunity that could be their ticket back to the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors, home to several players who at one time showed promise under the watch of head coach Steve Kerr, could be on the radar of several teams.

So far, there has been one former Dub that has been signed as a replacement player. Marquese Chriss, a former top pick, was signed by the Dallas Mavericks via the hardship exemption clause, Tim McMahon of ESPN reported on Tuesday, December 21.

Digging deeper, several other former Warriors could make sense for teams even if it is on a short-term lease. Here are some of them.

Glenn Robinson III

During the 2019-20 NBA season, Glenn Robinson III was taken in to provide the depleted wards of Kerr with some offense.

The 27-year-old responded to the challenge and churned out the best performance of his career.

But after moving on, the son of NBA great Glenn “Mad Dog” Robinson struggled to maintain that groove.

He tried his luck with the Sacramento Kings but was waived in February.

A short-term return to the Bay Area could help him recall that old fire and get his career back on track.

Glenn Robinson III #40 of the Philadelphia 76ers
Glenn Robinson III #40 of the Philadelphia 76ers Getty Images | Mitchell Leff

Quin Cook

Quin Cook has won two NBA rings, one with the Warriors and another with the Lakers.

Although his stints were not that impressive, he is a player that can come off the bench and bury it from downtown.

After being waived by the Portland Trail Blazers, Cook took his act to Lokomotiv Kuban in the VTB United League.

A 10-day ticket could have made sense, but only if the developments happened before the 6-foot-1 guard opted to suit up in the EuroCup.

Jordan Bell

Currently playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League, Jordan Bell could be a good acquisition for any team that needs a power forward in the mix.

He is reportedly in shape and could be worth adding on a 10-day deal.

Unless the 6-foot-8 forward makes an impact, going beyond a 10-day deal does not look promising.

Jordan Bell
Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, Jan. 15, 2019. Getty Images/Matthew Stockman

Monta Ellis

Before the 2021-22 season started, Ellis had ambitions of returning to the NBA.

But at 36, the chances of seeing the 2007 NBA Most Improved player did not look promising.

But given the circumstances right now, adding someone who can shoot from the outside would be a sensible short-term fix.

Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis has spent his career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors. Reuters

Jeremy Lin

Someone who could have easily been offered a 10-day deal would be Jeremy Lin.

He tried his luck last season and was one of the top players in the G League.

After he was snubbed, the 33-year-old opted to go back to the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Right now, a short-term deal may not make sense but had the current setup happened last season, the Asian-American may have realized his dream of an NBA comeback.

Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin #7 of Beijing Ducks in action during 2019/2020 CBA League - Beijing Ducks v Xinjiang Yilite at Beijing Wukesong Sport Arena on December 25, 2019 in Beijing, China. Fred Lee/Getty Images