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Source: Marquese Chriss, Warriors agree to non-guaranteed contract

Source: Marquese Chriss, Warriors agree to non-guaranteed contract

Last season, the Warriors didn't fill their 15th roster spot until March.

But this year, they don't appear to be waiting around.

Forward Marquese Chriss and the Warriors have agreed to one-year, non-guaranteed contract, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock on Tuesday.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes was first to report that an agreement was in place.

The agreement is for the minimum salary, and Chriss will receive an invitation to Warriors training camp.

Taken with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, the 22-year-old forward was traded to the Suns on draft night and spent two seasons in Phoenix where he averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 154 games.

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Following his second season, the Suns traded Chriss to the Rockets with Brandon Knight for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton. But Chriss' time in Houston was short-lived, as he was traded to the Cavaliers in February.

The Sacramento native will look for a fresh start with the Warriors, who have a re-tooled roster with several young players.

The Warriors currently have 13 guaranteed contracts on the books. Alfonzo McKinnie and Chriss hold non-guaranteed contracts.

Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors team president Rick Welts went to Croatia for vacation in the summer of 2018.

Wearing a Warriors hat in a restaurant resulted in a waiter saying, "Curry, yeah!" Welts recently explained to Daniel Brown of The Athletic.

Soon thereafter, other employees began to believe they were in the presence of Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

“He just started screaming to his co-workers there, ‘Joe Lacob! Joe Lacob! Joe Jacob!' " Welts told Brown. “I was waving, ‘No, no, no!’ but I gave up.

"So, I impersonated Joe Lacob — and got really good service from this really tiny restaurant in Croatia.”

Now that is a savvy play from a seasoned veteran.

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Welts has helped turn the Warriors into a global brand, which is why the franchise elected not to change its name to the San Francisco Warriors when they relocated from Oakland to Chase Center.

"What's happened in the interim is the Warriors, with the success we've had on the floor, have now become the team that everyone knows around the world," Welts told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye in April 2017. "More Steph Curry jerseys are sold around the world than any other player in the NBA. More Warriors merchandise than any other team in the NBA.

"So now, I think we've done a 100 percent reversal, saying, 'You know, we have a lot of equity in this Golden State name and it really means something around the world.' "

And that includes Croatia.

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Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

The Clippers are one of the favorites to win the championship when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes later this month.

Their quest begins July 30 when they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of eight "seeding games" on the schedule before the playoffs begin.

How is Clippers guard Patrick Beverley approaching the "bubble" in Orlando? Is he focused on any specific opponent?

"I'm treating everybody the same. Every team I play, I'm playing it like we are playing Golden State when they had Kevin Durant," he recently told Dragonfly Jonez of Whistle. "Every point guard I play, I'm playing Steph Curry."

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So Beverley -- a two-time All-Defensive selection -- is adopting the mindset that every team the Clippers face arguably is the greatest of all time, and that his one-on-one matchup is against the player many consider the second best point guard ever.

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It's smart to think this way because the circumstances when it comes to actually playing games will be unprecedented. Taking the court in small gyms without any fans is going to be downright strange, and some motivation will need to be manufactured.

While plenty of Warriors fans view Beverley as an antagonist who they love to root against, they should remember the respect he bestowed upon Steph, KD and the Dubs with this comment.

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