When deciding which players were on the final roster, the Warriors opted to cut Avery Bradley, among others. This decision surprised many, who hoped that the guard would find in Golden State a place in which to continue his career, but it seems that even within the squad there have been some surprised. This is at least what Marcus Thompson, a journalist from The Athletic, which points out that both Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have frowned upon the decision.
According to him, both players considered that Bradley was a reputed and guaranteed player who could help them in their fight for the playoffs and be essential in the hypothetical postseason. Although his preseason performance has not been entirely satisfactory, various voices from the franchise advocated keeping him on the team, voices among which were the two stars of the squad.
Finally, however, the management chose not only to cut Bradley, but to do the same with all the men who were fighting for the 15th and last place of the rosterSo right now there is room for one more player in Golden State. According to Anthony Slater, also from The Athletic, this decision could have been made with the intention that it is Gary Payton II who ends up occupying that position, but, given that the player is in the process of recovering from some physical problems, those of San Francisco would be waiting for him to be fit to play. to sign your contract.
In this way, the Warriors would save not only the corresponding salary of Payton, but what he made them pay as a luxury tax. This would explain why the player has been cut if the franchise intends to have him, but for now they are nothing more than rumors.
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