KEY POINTS

  • Chriss holds no ill-feelings towards the Warriors
  • Chriss could be of use to other teams as a bench player
  • Chriss could re-sign with the Dubs on a 10-day contract

Marquese Chriss is a promising player but his decision-making and antics have made him a controversial player. Regardless, the 8th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft did not show any of that this 2019-20 season. In fact, he showed that he can fit in anywhere.

Chriss was a curious choice by the depleted Golden State Warriors last October. For those who followed his three-year career, his best one was with the Phoenix Suns. He showed promise in his rookie year, averaging 9.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. The 22-year-old somehow recalled that old form with the Dubs and most felt that he would finally develop into a full-pledged superstar.

The only problem is that the Warriors needed to make decisions. They needed players who can deliver and Damion Lee was it. Hence, the logical choice to be waived was Chriss who accepted the decision and said that he leaves it up to God's hands on what lies ahead for him, NBC Sports reported.

Chriss averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds with the Dubs in 37 games this season. Though Eric Paschall put up better numbers, it should be noted that the Dubs did not lose interest in the 6-foot-9 cager per Monte Pool of NBCS. There were decisions to be made and unfortunately it became a numbers game.

Moving forward, USA Today reports that channels remain open between the Dubs and Chriss. Golden State can sign him to a 10-day contract later in the season. Seeing how he holds no grudges, Chriss seems to welcome the idea.

But until that time comes, it will be interesting if any team would try Chriss out. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings have been mentioned as potential destinations. If so, the former Washington Huskie will likely end up with a bench role, meaning he will have to earn his minutes. Only 22, Chriss still has time to shine in the NBA. For now, he just has to wait and hope that he gets a call from a team that would be willing to give him another shot.

Marquese Chriss Marquese Chriss #0 of the Houston Rockets poses for a portrait during the Houston Rockets Media Day at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston on September 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images