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Warriors Bring in Veterans

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Training camp is set to begin on Monday, Sept. 28 and with the final roster spot still up for grabs, Bob Meyers and company are keeping their options open.

It was announced Friday morning that the Warriors agreed to deals with Langston Galloway, Avery Bradley, and Jordan Bell. Reported first by The Athletic, Galloway is signed to a training camp deal and while the terms of Bradley’s deal remain a little unclear, I presume that he has signed some sort of training camp or non-guaranteed contract. Jordan Bell on the other hand is being brought in as a “non-roster invitee” according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Roster Battle

All three of the aforementioned will be competing for the Warriors’ final roster spot, along with Gary Payton II who’s also coming into camp on a non-guaranteed deal. Payton II gained some traction with the Warriors at the end of last season and with strong summer league performances in August.

Langston Galloway

Galloway is coming off an NBA Finals run with the Phoenix Suns last season in which he appeared in 40 regular season games averaging 4.8 points on 44.9% from the field and 42.4% from three in 11 minutes per game. Galloway is a reliable, proven shooter and a capable defender.

Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley is coming off the 2020-21 season in which he played just 27 games with two different teams, and his season was a tale of two different stories. In his short time with the Heat, Bradley was extremely effective averaging 8.5 points per game on 47% from the field and 42.1% from deep.

In his 17 games with the Rockets, he averaged just 5.2 points while shooting 31.4% from the field and 27% from three. Most of Bradley’s appeal comes on the defensive end but he has struggled to stay healthy over the years, although he’s probably the most talented out of the three veterans the Warriors signed today.

Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell seems to be the most far-fetched of the three to make the final roster but he has experience with the Warriors in the past, even as recent as last season when he appeared in one game with the Warriors on a 2-way contract. He also appeared in 5 games for the Washington Wizards last season on a pair of two different contracts with them.

Out of these options, I like Galloway the best, but training camp will most certainly be competitive and it should be interesting to see which route Meyers decides to take.

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