The Warriors announced on Friday that rookie guard Kent Bazemore has been sent to the NBA Development League.
Bazemore, who has appeared in only six games and totaled 10 minutes thus far, will be in the lineup for the Santa Cruz Warriors’ season opener at Reno tonight. It is uncertain yet how long Bazemore will be with the D-League squad (it is fairly certain Jeremy Tyler will join him at some point). Santa Cruz starts its season with seven straight on the road, the first two being in Reno.
For the immediate future, it seems Golden State is hanging on to their summer league find. According to a team source, the team is likely not going after former Warriors swingman Dominic McGuire, who became a fan favorite last season with his defensive style of play.
The Toronto Raptors waived McGuire recently, opening the door for McGuire’s return. But Golden State’s roster is full, which means someone would need to be cut to make room for him. Bazemore, an undrafted free agent on a non-guaranteed contract, is the obvious candidate. But the Warriors are not yet ready to sever ties with Bazemore.
A major factor, no doubt, is that the Warriors are slightly over the luxury tax threshold. They can still get under the tax with another move by the end of the season. One of the options is to waive Bazemore before his contract becomes guaranteed. But Golden State has until January to make that decision.
Golden State doesn’t have as urgent a need for McGuire with the play of rookie forward Draymond Green. Though not as athletic, he’s been the defensive Swiss Army knife McGuire was last season.
Since Green is going to play, minutes for McGuire figure to be scarce. The only other spot Golden State seems to have minutes is behind shooting guard Klay Thompson since swingman Brandon Rush is lost for the year. But coach Mark Jackson seems content with the tandem of point guards Stephen Curry and Jarrett Jack serving as the back-up shooting guard.