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With O’Neal out, Warriors sign Dewayne Dedmon from D-League

Nov 19, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

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The news was not good but it was what was expected: an MRI on Jermaine O’Neal confirmed a bruised right knee and right groin strain. The backup big man is going to miss some time.

For depth, the Warriors signed Dewayne Dedmon from their D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, reports

Dedmon was signed for training camp by the Warriors and was one of the last cuts, then sent to the D-League to develop (which hasn’t really happened as that season doesn’t start until Friday, but they need him now).

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Dedmon was an undrafted 6’11” center out of USC, he has good athleticism and the body of an NBA center but he is raw — he has only been playing basketball for five years — and he needs to develop. He is strong on the glass already. He’s never going to be an offensive force but they hope he can become a strong, defensive-minded backup center who can finish at the rim. Eventually.

Which is to say, don’t put him on your fantasy team. But he is up with the big boys for a while.

  1. bougin89 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Can the Bucks give Ekpe Udoh back to the Warriors? We’ll even include one of our 6 second round picks in the next two years.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      He’s stinking it up that bad up there? What’s he been up to?

      • bougin89 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        I don’t know to to sum him up other than to say he is absolutely pathetic on offense, extremely average(if that) on defense and he runs like he has Bynum’s knees.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    If he gets called for traveling, will the announcer say there was a Dedmon walking?

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