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Report: French wing Toupane, Warriors agree to Exhibit 10 deal

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While the Warriors have shown interest in Nicolas Batum,Β they also have their eyes on another French wing.Β 

The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported Tuesday that the Warriors have agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with small forward Axel Toupane and have invited him to training camp. The French Basketball Federation confirmed Toupane will travel Tuesday and has accepted a camp invite from Golden State, which begins Dec. 1.

"I have to leave the France team to join the Golden State Warriors who invited me to their training camp," Toubane said in a statement, via the French National Team.Β "Since the end of last season my goal is to return to the NBA. I know that if I'm in physical shape, with my experience, I have a real chance. I know the players better, I know my game better. I am better armed than three years ago.

"I would like to thank the staff of the French team and the FFBB for their understanding in this situation. Above all, I wish my teammates good luck. Hoping to find them soon in the blue jersey."

Toubane, 28, last played in the NBA in the 2016-17 season. He played four games between the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-7 small forward has played 25 games in the NBA and has averaged 3.5 points per game.Β 

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Since his time in the NBA, Toubane has played in Europe and the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.Β He started the current season at SIG Strasbourg, but a groin injury cut his season short. Toubane has spent time with the French National Team in the past, and averaged 2.3 points per game in the FIBA World Cup last year. Toubane also averaged 9.6 points per game in the EuroCup last season with Unicaja.Β 

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This is the Warriors' latest move in adding size on the wing in the wake of Klay Thompson's season-ending Achilles injury. They also traded for Kelly Oubre and reportedly added Kent Bazemore on a one-year, $2.3 million contract.Β 

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