The Golden State Warriors have one more roster spot to fill, and a report indicates that a former Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards guard may have the inside track on the spot.
The Warriors have filled 14 roster spots this offseason, adding a pair of lottery picks to go along with some veteran free agent pickups. The team has looked in a number of directions for the 15th and final spot, with an insider predicting that a defensive-minded guard is a frontrunner to make the roster.
Grant Liffman of NBC Sports Bay Area broke down the potential options for the Warriors in rounding out the roster, noting that there are a number of directions that Golden State’s front office could choose — including the possibility that the team elects to leave it open for potential additions at the buyout deadline. But given that the Warriors are expected to be without Klay Thompson for the first several weeks of the season, Liffman suggested that the team could look to guard Gary Payton II, who spent time with the Warriors last year and was on the Summer League roster.
“Payton II can bring the defensive energy to hound opposing guards, and already has learned the Warriors’ system,” Liffman wrote.