The surprising move of the Warriors not signing swingman Coby Karl to a second 10-day contract is part of the Warriors deciding to go with what it has, ending the roster juggling that would have surely continued.
According to a couple team sources, the Warriors have no plans as of now to bring Karl back, or any other NBA Development League player. Forward Devean George is expected to play tonight, giving the Warriors eight players healthy tonight. Based on recent history, that is more than enough. Plus, guard Monta Ellis — who is out tonight so he can give his sprained left knee a full week of rest and be ready for the Lakers game on Tuesday — and forwards Corey Maggette and Vladimir Radmanovic are expected back after the All-Star break. So, for the forseeable future, the Warriors don’t need another player from the D-League, no matter how much Nelson likes Karl. Obviously, if another significant injury occurs, they still have the 10-day option, and can still use it on Karl once more. But now, it’s just excess.
So tonight they will run with eight (Karl or any D-Leaguer wouldn’t have made much a difference, anyway). After the break, they figure to be up to 10 or 11. Instead of the front office juggling roster spots and harrassing the league for injury exemptions, it will focus on the approaching trade deadline. Instead of the coaching staff focusing on re-teaching the Warriors’ system to a new player, its focus shifts completely to the young players who will should get a lot of time these last 30 or so games. Certainly, Anthony Morrow, C.J. Watson, or even Anthony Tolliver, don’t need a D-Leaguer eating up any minutes.