Following the Warriors loss to the Kings Monday night, Golden State waived 6'9" forward Marquese Chriss.
The 22-year-old had earned 17.3 minutes per game in the Warriors' last 10 contests. It seemed like he had found a spot with Golden State.
Back on October 1st, the Warriors signed Chriss to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the veteran's minimum.
But, the Warriors needed to clear a roster spot to convert two-player Damion Lee to a full-time player. Chriss was the only non-guaranteed deal on the roster.
So, now with the Blazers lack of depth in the frontcourt, and with the news of Skal Labissiere now being re-evaluated in four weeks, should Portland take a look at Chriss?
Here are a few reasons why it wouldn’t be a bad idea:
-- When Chriss has been a regular part of rotation he has proven to be a good backup rim protector. The Blazers could use some defensive minded bigs coming off the bench.
-- Chriss has also proven his lengthy arms can help him get his hands in the passing lane.
-- He was seemingly just finding his groove with the Warriors.
--The Blazers could use really use a guy over 6’8”.
-- Portland could also use more versatile players.
Also to note, but probably not a contributing factor, Chriss shares an agent with Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.
However, Trail Blazers fans shouldn’t expect the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft to give Portland that much of a scoring punch off the bench.
In 37 games, he averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, while starting three games for the Warriors.
After bouncing around the league for the last few years, first in Phoenix, and then in Houston, followed up by a short stint in Cleveland, now to his most latest situation in Golden State, Chriss could be a solid case of just looking for the right fit.
The journeyman big, who could develop into a well above average defender, could be worth the Blazers, at least, considering.