When the Warriors signed Rudy Gay to a non-guaranteed contract in September, it was always foreseeable that the 17-year veteran would make the final roster, but Golden State wanted to take a look.
On Friday, the Warriors let go of both Gay and Rodney McGruder as they trimmed the roster before the start of the season. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news.
The Golden State Warriors are releasing Rudy Gay and Rodney McGruder, sources tell me and @anthonyVslater. This will reduce the Warriors’ standard contracts to 13 players, providing additional roster/financial flexibility, and they will add the 14th player within the first two weeks of the season. pic.twitter.com/tWRPSrFpYH
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 21, 2023
Gay is now a free agent. That offseason (and the final year of his contract) saw Gay bounce back nicely when he was traded from Utah to Atlanta and then on to Oklahoma City, where he was waived.
With these cuts, the Warriors have 13 guaranteed contracts on the opening roster, as Charania and note Taylor Wirth at NBC Sports Bay Area. Golden State will add someone in the coming weeks.
The Warriors enter the season looking for a fifth ring in the Stephen Curry era It’s not out of the question, but everything has to go well for them.