Marquese Chriss reportedly was traded to the San Antonio Spurs before the NBA's trade deadline Thursday, but he needed to clear the air about one thing -- how to spell his name.
ESPN's senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to break the news, but he mistakenly referred to Chriss as "Marqueese." Chriss made sure to issue the correction.
Chriss' two-year tenure with the Warriors saw a valiant bounce-back year career-wise in the 2019-2020 season, but the big man didn't have quite the same luck this year. He played just two games for Golden State before breaking his right leg during practice on Dec. 27.
He is expected to miss the remainder of the season as he recovers. Chriss will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and might not even see the court as a member of the Spurs should he elect to test the waters in free agency this summer.
In return for Chriss, the Warriors acquired the draft rights to 28-year-old Cady Lalanne, who is currently playing with the Changwon LG Sakers in the Korean League. He nabbed All-Star honors this season, but isn't expected to figure into the Warriors' roster plans.
Golden State also parted ways with Brad Wanamaker, reportedly trading the guard to the Charlotte Hornets, but retained starter Kelly Oubre Jr. By trading Chriss and Wanamaker, the Warriors shaved off $11 million of their upcoming luxury tax bill.
However, trade deadline day is never an easy day, and Warriors surely will miss both veterans.