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Warriors waive Marquese Chriss to open roster spot for Damion Lee

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 4: Damion Lee #1 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball during the game against the Detroit Pistons on January 4, 2020 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Damion Lee began the season as a guy on a two-way contract with Golden State. Injuries opened the door for the 6'5" shooting guard and he took advantage, playing his way into the starting lineup the last 11 games. Over the previous 10 games Lee has averaged 14.6 points a game, grabbed 7.5 rebounds a game, and shot 43.6 percent from three.

Lee’s time with the big club was about to run out — he can only be up with the Warriors for 45 days because of the two-way contract — so the Warriors are making moves to keep Lee on the roster. Via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Golden State gave Marquese Chriss a chance after the former No. 8 pick out of Washington never panned out in Phoenix or Houston. While he was playing regularly for the shorthanded Warriors, he didn’t grab the opportunity to change the perception of his game.

Lee did, which is why he will remain with the Warriors.