Ty Jerome and Lester Quinones have both received qualifying offers from the Golden State Warriors, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Quinones received a $1.7 million qualifying offer from Jerome, which was a two-way qualifying offer. Both players will now be restricted free agents, giving the Warriors the opportunity to match any contracts the two sign elsewhere.
This is standard procedure for players like Jerome and Quinones because, even though they don’t appear to be in Golden State’s immediate plans, making them restricted free agents allows the Warriors to retain them, provided they don’t accept contract offers that are significantly higher than their estimated market value.
Although the Warriors are no longer dedicated to their two-timeline strategy, they still want to protect some of their youthful talent. Giving Jerome and Quinones qualifying offers is one approach to prevent them from losing two talented players for free.
Last season, Jerome played in 45 games for the Warriors, averaging 18.1 minutes and 6.9 points per game. The 25-year-old guard contributed to Golden State’s success in games where they were severely injured by making 38.9% of his three-point attempts. When given the chance to play for the Warriors last year, Jerome had some crucial moments.