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Hawks sign Santa Cruz Warriors center Deyonta Davis to 10-day contract


Hawks sign Santa Cruz Warriors center Deyonta Davis to 10-day contract

Deyonta Davis is headed back to The Association.

The Santa Cruz Warriors big man signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, both teams announced Tuesday morning.

Atlanta's general manager, Travis Schlenk, used to be Golden State's assistant GM.

Davis was the 31st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, and he averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games (six starts) with the Grizzlies last season.

Last summer, he was traded to the Kings in the deal that sent Garrett Temple to Memphis. Sacramento waived Davis in September, and he ended up accepting a training camp invite with Golden State, knowing he soon would be sent to Santa Cruz.

The 22-year-old made 43 appearances with the Sea Dubs this year and has been tremendous over his last 11 games -- 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds on a ridiculous 66 percent from the field.

G League players sign deals with the league itself, not a specific team. They can be signed by any NBA franchise at any time.

Therefore, even though Davis played for Golden State's G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the Warriors would have needed to sign Davis to a 10-day contract to call him up. And after signing Andrew Bogut, Golden State did not have an open roster spot.

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The Santa Cruz Warriors (31-16) currently are tied for second place in the Western Conference. They have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin next week.

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Damion Lee bids for final Warriors roster spot, breaks out vs. 76ers

Damion Lee bids for final Warriors roster spot, breaks out vs. 76ers

Holding onto a single roster vacancy all season, the Warriors came away from the NBA buyout market with empty hands, which might not be as bad as it seems.

They have someone on the roster who might be able to fill that final roster spot.

Damion Lee, the two-way wing familiar to many fans through being Stephen Curry’s brother-in-law, is making a bid. His performance Saturday can only help.

Playing 26 minutes off the bench, Lee scored 12 points, draining four 3-pointers in five attempts. His plus-13 finish in a 120-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers was the best among all Warriors.

Not bad for a guy who has spent most of the season with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors.

“He has confidence, he’s been playing amazing down in Santa Cruz,” Curry told reporters at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday. “It’s just a matter of him getting that opportunity. And tonight, or nights like tonight, he took full advantage of it. It was fun to watch, fun to see. I’m sure more of that to come.”

Lee’s performance was as timely as it was vital. With starting shooting guard Klay Thompson out of the lineup, the Warriors needed a third perimeter threat to go along with Kevin Durant and Curry.

Alfonzo McKinnie, who assumed Thompson’s spot in the starting lineup, was pulled early and did not play in the second half, when the Warriors began the comeback that earned the win.

Lee, 26, started the third quarter and scored nine points on three triples as the Warriors outscored Philly 38-23.

“That’s what they brought me here for, my shooting ability, being able to space the floor,” Lee told KGO-TV after the game. “I’m long, athletic and (able to) play defense.”

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In scanning the market to fill the final roster spot, the Warriors have expressed a preference for two types of players: A big man, capable of defending the paint behind DeMarcus Cousins, and a wing capable of scoring.

At 6-foot-6, Lee is the latter. The husband of the former Sydel Curry spent his first three collegiate seasons at Drexel in Philadelphia before transferring to Louisville for his senior season.

“I think he went to the (Drexel) gym to watch their game this afternoon, watch a little bit of it and got some feel-goods,” Curry said. “Took his wife over there, see where he came from and showed out on the court tonight with the opportunity to help us win.”

The Warriors need a reserve that can score. Lee did it in a high-profile game. Put his résumé at the top of the stack.

Warriors Outsiders Q&A: DeMarcus Cousins' progress, Santa Cruz update

Warriors Outsiders Q&A: DeMarcus Cousins' progress, Santa Cruz update

It is amazing how late in the season the "dog days" have hit the Warriors. There are currently 22 games left in the season, and it is clear there is a bit of a malaise surrounding the team. They are not playing poorly by any stretch of the imagination, but the defensive intensity has not been there recently (and for most of the season) and the sharp offensive execution the Warriors displayed a few weeks before the All-Star break has dissipated. 

The Warriors cannot relax too much, however, as Denver is right on their heels for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Nuggets have the best record at home in the NBA, so you can expect them to make every effort possible to secure home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs. It'll be up to the Warriors to find that focus again that makes them so lethal.

Moving on ... with every Warriors Outsiders show, we do a simulcast on Facebook Live. Here are some questions and comments that we didn’t get to address from the last couple shows.

Kristoffer Earl Dizon: Boogie looked great out there. Great movement, bounce in his step.

He sure did, AFTER the first quarter. DeMarcus had been struggling with his confidence entering the game in Charlotte, and his first-quarter performance did not help him in that regard. He was slow on defense, unable to keep his man in front of him on high ball screens or pick and rolls.

In an attempt to counter that, he started sagging off a little too far into the paint, stranding himself in a defensive no-man's land. His defensive assignment, Cody Zeller, finished with 12 points in the quarter on perfect shooting. On the offensive end, he struggled to create any separation at the rim, making it difficult to finish down low and make plays. The game seemed destined to be yet another contest in which Boogie would leave the arena frustrated.

But credit to DeMarcus, he bounced back in a big way. In the second quarter alone, Cousins finished with 11 points, making all five of his shots including one from long range, four rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and was a team-best +10 in the plus/minus. His legs looked fresh and his determination to turn the corner was very apparent. From that point on, Cousins played with a fiery and confident disposition.

He finished with a season-high 24 points and his fourth straight game of double-digit rebounds. Did he come away from the game feeling more confident?

Well, according to Cousins he was "more happy about [playing a season-high 31 minutes] than the actual game." He followed with, "I’ll make sure I give Steve a big hug." It is all about conditioning for Boogie right now, and he feels like when he gets his wind and legs back, the results will follow. 

Yna Duque: Comment on the shoe tech.

Yna is, of course, referring to the technical foul that Cousins received for tossing the opposing players' errant shoe from the middle of the court and into the stands. It was very obvious that Cousins was attempting to clear the shoe from the game as a safety precaution. But the NBA does have rules that regulate players from tossing objects towards fans.

Sure enough, the technical foul was later rescinded on Tuesday afternoon.

Jeff Roco: It was a nice game yesterday for the Santa Cruz Warriors

Indeed. The Sea Dubs played their annual game at Oracle Arena and they did not disappoint the fans. Two-way guard Damion Lee finished with 26 points, and Kendrick Nunn and Darius Morris finished with 21 points each. Nunn is a player to keep an eye on, as he is a lethal scorer, constantly attacking the defense. He finished second in the NCAA in scoring behind Trae Young last season, and he has picked up where he left off in the G-League, averaging nearly 20 points per game and seemingly destined for a role as a score-first, instant-offense type player off an NBA bench.

The Santa Cruz squad has the best record in the G-League (28-11), and a lot of credit is due to head coach Aaron Miles, his staff and the front office. The Golden State Warriors are proving yet again that they are an elite organization from top to bottom.

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Gunners Boss: De Lakers lose yet?

They did, and man, are Warriors fans loving this. I, for one, would be intrigued to see how LeBron and the Lakers would fare in the playoffs if they were to make it. I personally do not think they would go very far, especially since they would likely face a daunting team like the Warriors as their first-round matchup.

But at the same time, it would be a great story to see the young Kings make a run and sneak into the playoffs at the expense of a Lakers franchise that has tormented them over the years. It's going to be an exciting end to this season.