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Warriors sign Aaron Craft to partially guaranteed contract

Aug 6, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

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With a strong top eight players – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Shaun Livingston – and a mandate to improve on last season’s playoff berth, the Warriors could use a little more back-end depth.

It hasn’t been a banner few days for Golden State’s reserves. Marreese Speights was arrested for DUI, and Nemanja Nedovic fractured his foot.

So, the Warriors will seek a boost from another source.

Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News:

Undrafted point guard Aaron Craft signed a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Warriors on Wednesday after playing for their NBA Summer League team, according to agent Lance Young.

Golden State had only a minimum contract to offer, which is all the undrafted Craft could have commanded anyway. That partial guarantee is key, a real signal the Warriors plan to keep him. With Hilton Armstrong getting waived, they now have 14 players under contract.

Craft, who spent four years at Ohio State getting praised for his leadership, was a lockdown defender in college. But it’s unclear whether his clutching and grabbing will fly in the NBA and how well he can defend without those tactics.

The bigger question: Can Craft contribute at all offensively? He’s a notoriously shaky shooter, and at 6-foot-2, he needs to show point-guard skills he never did with the Buckeyes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Craft spend a lot of time in the D-League, but fortunately for him, he’ll be doing so on an NBA salary.

  1. sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Well, good luck to the kid…

    He’s getting a chance at least…

    Make the most of kid… (and save your money in case it doesn’t work out)

  2. duhwighthoward - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    What is a “shaker shooter?”

    • BrownsTown - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Craft can make a mean coffee table.

  3. kingperk123 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Idk but I think he might make it in the NBA don’t doubt him to fast

  4. seasickcecil - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    So whether you’re toasting a shot at the bar, or at a party feeling like a movie star, you can count on the Mixitbaby Shooter Shaker to never be far.

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Sweet pickup. Hopefully with the Nedovic injury, and Livingston sometimes playing the 2, Aaron can sneak into the rotation and prove himself. I think he belongs in the league, the kids a baller and I’d love to see him stick and be another one of those guys people go, “THIS guy went undrafted?!”, along with Patric Young.

  6. halfcourthero - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    This reeks of token white guy syndrome… He’s not worthy of a contract

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