The Golden State Warriors and guard Lester Quinones, 22, have come to terms on a two-way contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday. Quinones was outstanding for Golden State’s G-League club while playing 31 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors last year, averaging 21.8 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and 4.6 APG.
Quinones played in just four NBA games for the Warriors last year, but they are still quite impressed with him because of what he accomplished in the G-League. Golden State will have the chance to continue Quinones’ development in the G-League and, if necessary, provide him time at the NBA level by bringing him back on a two-way contract.
The way NBA teams approach roster building has changed as a result of two-way contracts. Players like Quinones might have previously been overlooked on a club like the Warriors, who had championship aspirations. With the advent of two-way contracts, organizations can now enable young players to grow in the G-League while also potentially making an NBA contribution down the road.
Quinones, who participated in his first full NBA/G-League season last year, is only 22 years old. If Quinones can maintain his strong play from last season, the Warriors may look to offer him more opportunity in the coming campaign. Quinones has a lot of potential.