Carlos Powell, former Warrior

The Warriors made their first cut-down of the season on Saturday, waiving rookie small forward Carlos Powell. Powell, a training-camp invitee whose contract was not guaranteed for 2007-08, was one of only two healthy players who appeared in neither exhibition game in Hawaii (rookie center Kosta Perovic was the other).

Powell, who played in the most games in school history (132) during four years at South Carolina, caught the Warriors’ eye during two seasons in Portugal and New Zealand, and impressed as a member of their summer-league team. But despite his fearsome dunking ability, Powell wasn’t able to overcome the glut of talent the Warriors have at the 3 (Stephen Jackson, Matt Barnes, Mickael Pietrus, plus Al Harrington if they go big or Kelenna Azubuike if they go small).

“We’re just loaded at that spot,” Warriors coach Don Nelson said.

Said Harrington: “I think he had a great camp. I wish he could have got on the court. Hopefully, somebody will have seen something to where he can get another job. I think he’s talented enough that he will play in this league.”

— Geoff Lepper

Marcus Thompson