Golden State embraces Garuba.
The Golden State Warriors have signed Usman Garuba to a two-way contract, The Athletic reported on Saturday.
Golden State is the league’s signature winnow team. They showed their intention to win by adding off-season veteran Chris Paul to a lineup led by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Kevon Looney.
Even with the addition of Dario Saric, Golden State is still relatively thin in the backcourt. In response, the Warriors signed Young Gun Jang to a two-way contract to bolster their interior depth.
Recently released by Oklahoma City, Usman Garuba signed a two-way deal with Golden State. The Spanish-born Garuba was a first-round pick of the Rockets in the 2021 draft, but struggled to make an impact and was released this offseason after being traded to Oklahoma City.바카라
After the news of his release broke, he tweeted, “I’m going to prove everyone wrong. I’m going to prove everybody wrong, mark my words,” Garba said after his release was announced. Garba recently competed for Spain at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. In the NBA, he’s averaging 3.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Garuba is a big man resource who is clunky on offense but highly regarded for his defensive potential. He’s on a two-way contract, but if he performs well in the regular season, it could lead to a full contract.
Golden State has been linked to other big men in addition to Garuba. The Athletic reports that Golden State is also set to meet with former All-Star center Dwight Howard, who has been called the best big man in the league in the past. Howard spent last season playing in the Taiwanese league rather than the NBA.