KEY POINTS

  • Damion Lee will be given a mult-year deal plus perks
  • Marquese Chriss was waived to make room for Lee
  • Lee will fill-in for a recovering Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors are well on their way to a disappointing season although there are several factors as to why it went that way. Splash Brother Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are down with injuries, and it appears the best head coach Steve Kerr can do is look forward to the future.

But of course, the season is not yet over and the Warriors plan to go down fighting. Kerr will have to make do with the personnel he has right now to check who fits in with the Warriors' future plans. That said, it also follows that there are some new faces who could be getting the boot. The latest one to get the boot is Marquis Chriss.

The 27-year-old was able to reinvent himself with the Dubs this 2019-20 NBA season. He averaged 7.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 37 games but those numbers were not enough to convince Kerr to keep him. Also, Eric Paschall showed up with better numbers, producing 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists, per Basketball-Reference.com.

Aware that they need to provide active guards such as D'Angelo Russell some help, the Dubs feel that such can be provided by Damion Lee. Lee, the brother-in-law of Stephen Curry, is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists this season. Being on a two-way contract, Golden State wanted to lock him in but needed to let someone go. That player was unfortunately Chriss.

Adrian Wojnarowski learned from league sources that Lee and the Dubs are working on a multi-year deal right now. That would include partial guarantees in future seasons for Lee who is married to Steph Curry's sister, Sydel.

With a Curry return uncertain, Lee could get playing minutes and boost the Warriors' backcourt. The numbers may pale when compared to the two-time MVP and Thompson but more playing time could help the 27-year-old produce better.

As for Chriss, he is likely to be picked up by some other teams in need of a reliable bench player. Though he will need to start all over again, the 8th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft has already proven that he can perform at a high level with the right ballclub.