The Warriors have officially signed free agents Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije, Alex Hamilton and Georges Niang, the team announced Thursday morning. NBA teams can carry 20-man rosters until trimming them down to 15 the day before the start of the regular season. With the addition of Cleveland, Gbinije, Hamilton and Niang, the Warriors enter training camp on Saturday with the maximum 20 players.
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The exact total is $1.312 million for the 2017-18 season, but Gbinije’s contract was only partially guaranteed for $500,000. The Pistons save more than $800,000 and will eliminate Gbinije’s $1.3 million cap hit. Gbinije, 25, was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft as a defensive specialist out of Syracuse. He played in only nine games with several injuries ruining his opportunity when he was on the verge of possible playing time. He spent considerable time with the Pistons’ Gatorade League affiliate in Grand Rapids.
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Make no mistake, though: Much as Wood seemed to revel in the chance to take a breather and hang with young fans, he said he’s wholly focused on the possibilities that lie ahead with his tenure on the Mavs. “It’s a great opportunity for me and for this organization to try and take that next step,” Christian Wood said. “I just want to win games. My main objective is to try and get to the Finals.”
“I’m still counting my blessings and happy to be here,” he said. Specifically, the 6-foot-9 center was speaking about being a Maverick. But on Thursday, that gratitude could also extend to his time with the kids he got to work out with in Plano. “I was once that little kid that would look up to NBA players and hope that he would sign my shoe or hope that I would be able to meet him in person,” he said. “With kids, I can be myself and I can be a kid myself. So it’s fun.”
Anze Macek, the kinesiologist who has been working with Doncic for the past two years, gave some insight about the regime change the Slovenian wunderkind took this offseason. “Shortly after the end of the season, he contacted me and said that he wanted to start fitness training immediately. Together with Goran Dragic, they worked for three weeks,” Macek said to SportKlub Slovenija. “The national team action followed. When he went on vacation, he asked me for a work plan.”
“He remains active,” he said. “I am in contact with him almost on a daily basis. He keeps his shape. He will improve everything during the national team practices where he will prepare with maximum effort.” The comments about his body have no real impact on Luka, Macek says. On the contrary, they drive him forward, the Slovenian team fitness coach is certain.
“Luka is a global star. In plain sight. People follow him every step of the way, as far as possible. Therefore, evil tongues also appear very quickly. Maybe they are trying to get to him by commenting on each photo. But that’s really not a good way,” Macek explained. “He always has an answer. This only further motivates him and drives him forward.”