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Warriors sign James Michael McAdoo, Mitchell Watt

Sep 2, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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James Michael McAdoo went to North Carolina as a likely one-and-done player. He returned for his sophomore year and was viewed as a potential No. 1 overall draft pick. By the end of that season, his stock had fallen to mid-first round, and he returned to school once again.

Finally, after a lackluster junior year, McAdoo actually turned pro this year.

He went undrafted.

McAdoo caught on with the Warriors summer league team and – like Aaron Craft, who signed previously – drew a Golden State contract.

Warriors team release:

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Aaron Craft, along with free agent forwards James Michael McAdoo and Mitchell Watt to contracts, the team announced today.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Undrafted free-agent forward James Michael McAdoo signed a one-year contract paying the minimum with the Golden State Warriors, his agent James Tanner told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday.

Rusty Simmons of SFGate:

Each player’s contract is partially guaranteed, depending on how long he sticks with the Warriors.

Golden State has just 13 players with guaranteed contracts. So, there’s a chance Craft, McAdoo and/or Watt, who went undrafted in 2012 out of Buffalo and has spent the last two years in Israel, could make the final roster.

Even if those three get waived, though, the Warriors could assign them to their D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Any NBA team could sign the players, but Golden State would have an inside track on developing them.

McAdoo, particularly, has a lot of raw talent. So, keeping him close could pay off if he’s a late bloomer. Most likely, though, he’s an athlete who just doesn’t have NBA-level skills.

But he – and Craft and Watt – will get a chance to prove themselves in training camp. Afterward, they’ll continue on their NBA contracts or likely have D-League jobs waiting. And no matter where they begin next season, they’ll have whatever guaranteed money Golden State offered here.

  1. money2long - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    young bucks.

  2. sportsfan18 - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    So…

    “McAdoo, particularly, has a lot of talent.” “Most likely, though, he’s an athlete who just doesn’t have NBA-level skills.”

    If I read that right, while he has a lot of talent, he doesn’t have enough talent to play in the NBA…

    And that would be a true statement of course as many dudes who just miss out playing in the league are still really good.

  3. 00maltliquor - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    So what’s the moral of the story you ask?…

    Kids, DON’T stay in school.

  4. 00maltliquor - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I swear! They want you to stay in school longer but the longer you stay, the harder you fall. It’s like that with everyone. SMH

    If Anthony Davis stayed all four years he would be drafted in beginning of the the 2nd round on my mama!

  5. succulentnipples - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Big John Football would sign with the Warriors if the money was right.

  6. campcouch - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    So a guy who played three years at the collegiate level and went undrafted has raw talent. He’s either un-coachable or UNC has bad coaches

  7. Damidwesterner - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    May turn out to be a McAdon’t.

  8. genericcommenter - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    OK. help me out here with the D-League “assignment” stuff. I admit I don’t follow that aspect too closely, especially not recently- in case some things have changed.

    If WAIVED, how would the Warriors then still be able to “assign” the players to their D-League affiliate? The way it always seemed to work before was that rookie/young players under NBA CONTRACT would be assigned to the D-League to get valuable game experience instead of sitting on the end of the bench and/or being a 14th/15th inactive guy in the NBA.

    If the guys are waived.. wouldn’t they be free to sign/go wherever? So they could sign with ANY D-League team, right? I understand playing for the parent club’s affiliate would give them a better chance to get picked up by that particular team in the future, I’m just talking about the functional contract stuff.

    The NBA probably needs some kind of more formal minor league development as it is, and I apologize if it’s already evolved beyond my understanding.

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