Report: Mulder front-runner for Warriors' final roster spot

Mychal Mulder

With their regular season opener at the Brooklyn Nets just eight days away, the Warriors have one spot available on the 15-man roster.

The internal candidate most likely to nab that contract is guard Mychal Mulder, and a team source explained why that is the case to the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau.

"Barring something crazy, I’d be surprised if Mike wasn’t with us into the regular season," the source said. "Steve [Kerr] has really taken a liking to him, and it’s not hard to see why. He might be our second-best (available) shooter behind Steph [Curry]."

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Mulder in the Warriors' preseason win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night drilled three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter:

1) Made the score 91-88 Warriors with 7:27 left

2) Made the score 94-90 Warriors with 6:53 left

3) Made the score 100-97 Warriors with 4:44 left

"Mike is a really, really good player," Kerr told the media after the game. "He showed that last year when he came up late in the season. His shooting is important to us. We need as much shooting as we can get.

"He hit a couple big ones when Denver made that run in the second half."

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Mulder in his NBA debut last season went 0-for-5 from deep, and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts in Golden State's final game before the season was shut down.

But in his five other appearances, Mulder shot 40 percent (16-for-40) from beyond the arc.

If the 26-year-old does earn the 15th and final roster spot, it's very safe to assume it will be a non-guaranteed deal to give the Warriors some flexibility later in the season.

Golden State's final two preseason games are this week -- Tuesday and Thursday -- against the Kings.

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