NBA Rumors: Warriors To Sign Guard Phil Pressey?
Phil Pressey, the journeyman point guard, has received an invitation to Golden State Warriors’ training camp which begins next month, per several reports.Advertisement
According to David Pick, Pressey’s deal is a non-guaranteed invite, meaning the 25-year-old would have to wow the coaching staff during training camp to try and secure a contract.
As of now, the Warriors have 16 players under contract with 14 of them guaranteed for the entire 2016-17 NBA season. Since the roster limit is 15, Golden State will be making a few cuts before preseason begins in the first week of October.
Phil Pressey to replace Barbosa?
With the Warriors forced to let go off Leandro Barbosa in free agency, to create room for Kevin Durant, there is a dearth in the guard rotation. While Shaun Livingston remains Stephen Curry’s undisputable back-up, the Warriors are still searching for a solid back-up for Klay Thompson.
Besides Curry, Livingston and Thompson, Ian Clark and rookie Patrick McCaw are the other guards in the squad. The 25-year-old Clark averaged 3.6 points from 8.8 minutes per game from 66 games last season. McCaw was drafted No. 38 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks before being traded to the Warriors.
Recently, Warriors executive Jerry West remarked that “people are going to be sorry they didn’t draft him (McCaw)” earlier that No.38. McCaw impressed during the Las Vegas Summer League and could earn a roster spot in time for the new season.
Meanwhile, Pressey was impressive playing for the Detroit Pistons in the Orlando Summer League. Last season, he appeared in 23 games for the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns, besides playing 25 games in the D-League.
Phil Pressey, who went undrafted in 2013, also played two seasons with the Boston Celtics.