What Iguodala's Warriors return could mean for rest of roster

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Andre Iguodala on Friday announced he will sign a one-year contract with the Warriors.

And with that news, Golden State just might be done when it comes to free-agent acquisitions.

The Warriors now have 13 players with a guaranteed contract for 2021-22:

Steph Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Otto Porter, Andrew Wiggins, Iguodala, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, James Wiseman and Nemanja Bjelica.

It's safe to assume that Damion Lee -- whose contract is not fully guaranteed but will make $500,000 if he is not waived by Aug. 15 -- will make the Opening Night roster.

The 28-year-old shot nearly 40 percent from deep last season, is very well respected in the locker room and knows the Warriors' system.

So who will snag the 15th and final roster spot?

Well, don't be surprised if the answer is ...

... nobody.

The Warriors definitely could keep that slot open so they maintain some flexibility for the trade deadline and buyout market. Also, they would save some money on their massive luxury tax bill.

What about Gary Payton II?

If the Warriors do not release him before Aug. 11, they would owe him about $659,000. So he almost assuredly will be waived soon.

But as The Athletic's Anthony Slater said on the latest episode of the Warriors Plus Minus podcast:

"If I was to make the argument for Gary Payton to be on the roster -- they need somebody to go bother a scorer for five-minute stints. He would be that option.


"They are high on him and there's a chance -- if he agrees to it after being waived -- he could be coming back for camp on a non-guaranteed minimum deal."

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We also can't rule out former Warriors big man Marquese Chriss receiving a training camp invite.

Additionally, it sure seems like Mychal Mulder and Nico Mannion will be on the outside looking in. But perhaps they both end up signing two-way contracts with the Dubs.

The entire picture will come into focus soon.

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