OAKLAND -- Within hours of adding a draft pick, the Warriors were making another move in their summer of roster tweaking, having decided to waive two-way big man Chris Boucher.
There will be several other moves in the coming weeks as the defending champs seek an infusion of youth for next season.
The dismissal of Boucher on Friday opens up both two-way slots for next season, in addition to four to six additional roster spots that could be available.
The Warriors definitely intend to fill both slots. The two-way designation was implemented last season to give teams more roster flexibility. Two-way players are assigned to G-League teams and are limited to a maximum 45 days in the NBA.
“We’re still learning about the position,” general manager Bob Myers said of the two-way designation. “What’s the best way to utilize it? We learned that for our team, we might need more guys that can step in and less development. But that’s what we have to figure out.”
Boucher, 25 and coming off major knee surgery, was signed last June as a development project. The team did not sign another two-way player until October, when it added guard Quinn Cook, who shined in the G-League and eventually earned a standard NBA contract.
Though the Warriors failed in their attempts to purchase a second-round pick in the draft Thursday night -- first-round choice Jacob Evans III, a wing from Cincinnati, was their total haul -- the team continues to actively pursue free agents that may be available for Summer League play next month.
Oakland University guard Kendrick Nunn has, according to multiple sources, agreed to a partially guaranteed deal. He averaged 25.9 points per game last season, ranking behind only NCAA scoring leader Trae Young of Oklahoma.
Also in line to join the Summer League roster are Oregon guard Elijah Brown, son of Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown, and Georgetown power forward Marcus Derrickson.