• Golden State signs former Santa Cruz Warriors player
  • Jeremy Pargo had played overseas before joining Ice Cube's Big 3
  • Steve Kerr tries to fit Pargo in team

The NBA is now past the trade deadline, but the Golden State Warriors are not yet done refining their roster spots. After shipping D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans III, and Omari Spellman to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors are now surveying the free-agent market as they are reportedly signing veteran point guard Jeremy Pargo.

According to Shams Canaria of the Athletic, the Warriors tendered Pargo a 10-day contract, perhaps to address the backcourt hole left by Russell after the trade. The 33-year-old had previous stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011 to 2013 after being left undrafted in 2009.

Apparently, Pargo had been on Bob Myers’ radar as he was part of Golden State’s G-League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors’ line-up last year where he averaged 17.2 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds on 46.9 percent shooting from the field and 33.1 percent from deep.

Pargo had been hopping around the world to play in various countries including Israel and China before getting a crack in team Power of Ice Cube’s Big 3 basketball league where he averaged 16 points per game. With the said signing, the former Gonzaga Bulldog becomes just the second player from the Big 3 league to sign an NBA contract after the Boston Celtics signed Xavier Silas in 2018.

Steve Kerr will be looking on ways to incorporate Pargo to his fast-flowing offensive system that thrives on shooting and multiple guard skills as the three-time NBA champion tactician spoke about having the right fit in getting players to play for distinctive teams with diverse systems and identities.

“I think for most players this league is about the right fit," Kerr said. "There's some guys who are going to fit no matter what. The very best players in the game, they can go to any team in the league and they'll fit. But for the vast majority of NBA players, the fit is everything.”

With Russell out of the picture, Kerr could give the newly acquired guard enough minutes to flaunt his basketball arsenal.

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D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors during their game against the Utah Jazz at Chase Center on January 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images