Report: Warriors release Rudy Gay and Rodney McGruder originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
The Warriors reportedly made two roster moves afterward 122:117 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the final of the previous season.
The Athletics Shams Charania reported Friday night, citing sources, that Golden State is releasing veteran forward Rudy Gay and guard Rodney McGruder and reducing the roster to 13 players ahead of Tuesday’s 2023-24 NBA season opener against the Phoenix Suns.
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
As Charania reports, the Warriors plan to add a 14th player sometime early in the season to complete the 15-man roster, but will begin the season with 13 players on the roster.
Cheerful signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract He played with the Warriors this offseason and was a veteran alongside Chris Paul, who is popular with young players Jonathan Kuminga was drawn to it Early on during training camp and the preseason.
The 17-year NBA veteran didn’t play much in the preseason, playing six and eight minutes, respectively, in Golden State’s two preseason wins over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Due to a concussion afterwards, McGruder also didn’t play much in the preseason Signed to a one-year, $2.7 million contract this offseason, but played 20 minutes in the Warriors’ loss to the Spurs on Friday, scoring eight points and collecting five rebounds on 3 of 9 shooting from the field and 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
With the Warriors’ roster all but set for now, general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. and coach Steve Kerr have the flexibility to make a change or two if necessary.