The NBA's 2 p.m. PT deadline Wednesday to waive players before their respective contracts are guaranteed came and went, and Damion Lee and Mychal Mulder both were retained by the Warriors.
Lee and Mulder entered the 2020-21 season on non-guaranteed contracts with Golden State, but their respective play earned them full guarantees for 2021. Lee will earn his base salary of about $1.7 million and Mulder will take his $1.5 million deal as well.
Both players have non-guaranteed contracts for the 2021-22 season.
While there was little doubt the Warriors would guarantee Lee's contract, Mulder's status was a tad more questionable. Coach Steve Kerr shed light on the team's decision to retain the 26-year-old during a video conference with reporters before Golden State's matchup against the Indiana Pacers.
"Just a great human, great teammate," Kerri said. "Anybody who stays ready and produces when you call on him, and stays professional and supportive and energetic when they’re not playing, those guys are big assets to a team."
"[Mulder] has turned himself into that," he added. "Very proud of him, very happy for him that his contract is guaranteed."
As Kerr continues to tinker with Golden State's rotations, Mulder likely will spend the bulk of his time with the Warriors' third unit. When Mulder has played, he has made an immediate impact, especially beyond the 3-point line. In his second professional season, Mulder is shooting 42.7 percent from distance in 30 games this season.
Lee, who is in his third season with the Warriors, is averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds over 19.2 minutes per game.