Shams Charania: The Golden State Warriors have signed swingman Damion Lee to a three-year contract, with partial guarantee in 2020-21, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Marc Stein: Also: Golden State is actively exploring ways to create the needed flexibility to keep Damion Lee on the roster after the 45 days on his two-way deal soon expire. The Warriors have made it clear they want Lee next season but remain hopeful they don't lose him for long this season
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guards Damion Lee and Ky Bowman to Two-Way contracts, the team announced today.
Damion Lee, who hit 23 total 3s in 32 games for the Warriors on a two-way last season, has been extended a qualifying offer. Lee is still hoping for a full-time NBA roster spot somewhere. The Warriors still have hope he’ll return. “He’s a possibility,” Myers said.
The Warriors’ 14-man full-time roster is finalized. But Myers did say an official decision still must be made on the two two-way slots in the coming days. Damion Lee, who hit 23 total 3s in 32 games for the Warriors on a two-way last season, has been extended a qualifying offer. Lee is still hoping for a full-time NBA roster spot somewhere. The Warriors still have hope he’ll return. “He’s a possibility,” Myers said.
McKinnie’s added value might cost the Warriors Damion Lee. They like him. They need his shooting. But they also don’t have a roster spot for him — giving it instead to more experienced wings such as Glenn Robinson III and Burks. Sources said they are trying to talk Lee into playing on a two-way contract again, splitting time with the G League team in Santa Cruz and the main team. If he doesn’t take it, the Warriors have no other way to keep him.
The Warriors have insisted on staying patient with what they do with their 15th and final roster spot. That means there is a growing chance that Damion Lee could fill that slot after spending this season on a two-way contract. That entails splitting his time both with the Warriors and their G-League team in Santa Cruz. “He would be someone given he has been with us all year,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We don’t have to make any decisions right now. Well wait and see how it all plays out.”
The Warriors can still sign existing free agents to their roster as long as they sign the night before the end of the regular season. Because of that framework, it appears likely the Warriors will wait until then so they can account for the team’s current health and positional needs. “We’re keeping it open,” Kerr said. “If the right person is there, we’ll see to use it.”
Will the Warriors use it on Lee? They might. .... “I feel like I belong here,” Lee said. “The times I’m out there on the court, there’s nothing that’s challenging. The times that I’m not playing either, I see something and I’ll mention something to someone. I pride myself on having a high IQ and knowing the game.”
Free-agent guard Damion Lee has reached an agreement with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell ESPN. Lee, the future brother-in-law of Warriors star Stephen Curry, will sign a two-way contract, sources say. Lee is engaged to Curry's sister, Sydel.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks sign Damion Lee for remainder of season. He'd played on maximum of two 10-day deals for them.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks had planned to sign Damion Lee to second 10-day contract today. But Lee may have other options, according to source.
Adam Johnson: Damion Lee of the Santa Cruz Warriors has officially signed with the Atlanta Hawks. Congrats to him, well deserved opportunity for him.
Chris Haynes: Atlanta Hawks are expected to sign Damion Lee of G-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors to a 10-day contract, league sources tell ESPN. Lee is engaged to the sister of Stephen Curry.
April 18, 2021 | 3:21 am EDT Update
Blake Murphy: Freddie Gillespie will sign a second 10-day contract with the Raptors tomorrow, per a source. No surprise. He played a lot by 10-day standards, impressed, and had Nick Nurse publicly vouch. Would think a partial guarantee through 2021-22 comes Apr 28, barring the unforeseen.
“I wouldn’t say (my passion has been) taken away, that’s probably a little bit too strong,” VanVleet said on Saturday. “But there’s certainly ups and downs to this thing more than I’ve ever experienced in my life. To be honest, this is probably the most unpure year of basketball I’ve ever been a part of, just from the whole league and rushing the season back. “It’s pretty much all about business this year on every level and it’s hard to hide it, you know what I’m saying? The NBA is a great balance of like the pure love and joy of one of the best sports in the world mixed with a billion-dollar industry, and I think this year the industry side has taken precedence over some of the love and the joy.”
“I can sit up here and complain about the NBA all I want to, but I’m a part of it, you know what I’m saying?” VanVleet said. “I’m directly profiting off of it. We did vote on what season we wanted. “But I can point out that this is what it is, and (these are the) the pros and cons that come with that. It’s very conflicting but not so much (because) of my craft, because I just go out there and that’s the way I play and that’s the way I approach every day. I’m (going to) take whatever consequences come with that because this is what I signed up for. But there’s certainly a lot of information that plays a role in all of these things that we’re seeing with our eyes. It’s not as simple as it looks all the time.”
After Celtics star Jayson Tatum scored 44 points to lead his team to a 119-114 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, overcoming a spectacular 47-point performance from Stephen Curry in the process, Tatum said it was a thrill for him to go toe-to-toe with the future Hall of Famer and come out on top. “Just mutual respect,” Tatum said, when asked about the conversation the two had on the court inside TD Garden afterward. “Obviously two big performances. I was glad that we got the win, but obviously he’s one of the all-time greats. “Just to earn his respect and get a win on the same night … it was a good night.”
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry scored 47 points on Saturday night, becoming the first player since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to score at least 30 or more points in 10 straight games at age 33 or older. Curry, in his 12th NBA season, acknowledged that this is one of the best stretches he’s ever been on during his storied career.
“Statistically, it is for sure,” Curry said after the 119-114 loss to the Boston Celtics. “This season’s required something a little bit different. I’m trying to meet that moment. It’s a fun brand of basketball, just trying to put wins together with it. And I have supreme confidence; I’ve been blessed with a very special skillset that I’m trying to continue to master and hone and get better at. And that’s showing, the work is showing, so I’m trying to obviously sustain that for this season because it’s required for us to get to where we want to go.”
Tommy Beer: Jeff Van Gundy is calling the Warriors-Celtics game on ABC and, previewing tomorrow’s Knicks-Pelicans game on national TV, says Julius Randle is “definitely the most improved player in the league,” adding Randle deserves MVP-ballot consideration