Marquese Chriss hopes to be on Warriors long term after rejoining team

Marquese Chriss hopes to be on Warriors long term after rejoining team

SAN FRANCISCO -- Marquese Chriss has been living in basketball purgatory over the last week after being waived by the Warriors for salary-cap purposes. Now, after signing a two-way contract to rejoin Golden State, Chriss is excited to be back with the team. 

"It feels good," Chriss said Thursday afternoon. "I feel welcomed, I feel wanted and I think being able to jump right into the flow of things is good for me."

Under his current deal, Chriss will have 24 available days in the NBA. To maximize his time on the roster, the Warriors will hold him out of most practices, leaving him to work out on his own to stay in shape. 

Chriss' release last week was a result of Golden State's hard cap. Despite averaging 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in  37 games, he had the only non-guaranteed deal on the roster. With the Warriors up against the cap, coupled with the rise of guard Damion Lee, Golden State was forced to waive the big man hours before the Jan. 7 deadline to guarantee his deal.

However, as teammates said their goodbyes, a message reverberated throughout the locker room: "If Marquese clears waivers, he'll be back." 

That optimism came true Wednesday afternoon when Chriss signed a two-way contract with the Dubs after clearing waivers, bringing the two sides back together. 

"I knew personally I wanted to be here but logistically I didn't know how it would work out, if it would even be possible," Chriss said. "So thankfully I am here, things worked out the way they were supposed to." 

Last fall, Chriss joined the team as a reclamation project, battling a rep of immaturity along the way. During his brief stint in Golden State, he has been seen as a model teammate, garnering praise from those around him. 

"Marquese has been in some tough situations and nobody ever wants to say ‘that wasn’t the right fit for a young guy,'" Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "It's always 'that young guy doesn't work for [us], he's not good enough to be in the league and that's that.'"

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While Chriss is under a two-way deal, the Warriors are open to keeping the forward long term, which the forward said he'd be open to. 

"I hope so, I would love to be here," he said. "That's the plan. I would love to be here to spend a lot of time here creating a memory of myself in this organization and I'd love to be a part of what we're continuing to build so that's the end goal."  

Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five


Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five

Warriors fans intently watch Steph Curry during his pre-game shooting routine, especially now that the injured star is so close to returning to Golden State's lineup.

None, however, stared as intently at Curry on Tuesday at Chase Center as this adorable baby with primo floor access. 

Curry was kind enough to give the tiny fan one high five, but he completely left them hanging for a second! Steve Kerr said Saturday that news of Curry's participation in a scrimmage prompted a standing ovation from his teammates, but that was before the two-time MVP left a baby hanging. 

That probably won't diminish any excitement in Golden State's locker room, though, especially after Curry did Curry Things before the Warriors' game against the Kings on Tuesday. 

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Curry has not played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30. Four months and two surgeries later, Kerr said "the hope" is that Curry returns to the Warriors' lineup Sunday against the Washington Wizards. 

The 31-year-old's hand will be re-evaluated Saturday, and he'll play if all goes well. Whether or not he's cleared, the Warriors at least know that his hand is capable of making a young fan's day. 

Steve Kerr says 'hope' is Warriors' Steph Curry can return on March 1


Steve Kerr says 'hope' is Warriors' Steph Curry can return on March 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steph Curry's return is right around the corner, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday "the hope" is that the two-time MVP will return in time for Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards. 

"He'll continue to work this week, and we'll make that determination on Saturday whether he'll play on Sunday," Kerr said before the Warriors played the Kings on Tuesday.  

Curry first broke his left hand on Oct. 30 and will be re-evaluated Saturday and sit out against the Suns in Phoenix on the first night of a back-to-back. 

The 31-year-old was cleared for contact Saturday, scrimmaging for the first time since his injury and reaching the latest milestone in his recovery. 

"It was fun," Curry said Saturday. "I've done every rehab drill you can think of, by yourself in a gym trying to work on your conditioning and skill work. And that's all fun, and there's a purpose to it but there's nothing like playing basketball and competing."

Sunday's targeted return date would be the culmination of Curry's rigorous rehabilitation program. Curry underwent his second surgery in December to remove a screw in the second metacarpal, and he said Saturday that he still feels nerve discomfort in his left hand.

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Curry said he still is "getting used to what a new normal is." Nonetheless, Kerr praised the guard's work ethic throughout the process.

"He does that stuff at a level very few people I've ever seen can reach," Kerr said Tuesday. "It's been incredible to watch his shooting routine, his conditioning routine. So he's doing everything possible to prepare himself for his return."

Curry is set to practice on Wednesday and Friday before his scheduled re-evaluation.