After a prospective two-way center signed with a rival team on Friday, the Golden State Warriors’ search for further depth among its big men will go on.
According to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report and TNT, former first-round pick Harry Giles III, who worked out for the Warriors this summer, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
Harry Giles III, seen as the ideal two-way center for the Golden State Warriors, has landed a spot on an NBA main roster.
The 25-year-old, who hasn’t competed in the NBA since his one-year stint with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2020–21, has earned his place back in the league. In 9.2 minutes per game, he averaged 2.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists.
Giles was initially selected by the Trail Blazers, but on draft night, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings. Over the course of two seasons and 104 games, the 6’11” big man averaged just over seven points and four rebounds in just over 14 minutes per game for the team.
Giles had three seasons in the NBA and was still qualified for a two-way contract for one more year. Given the risk of injury and the uncertainty surrounding the former 20th overall pick, it appears Golden State were unwilling to offer him a conventional NBA deal on the main roster.
Behind starting center Kevon Looney, the Warriors now have few backups. Draymond Green and Dario Saric are presently anticipated to play a significant amount of minutes as small-ball fives, with youngster Trayce Jackson-Davis potentially entering the picture depending on his performance in training camp.
With Day’Ron Sharpe the only other true center on the team, Giles will now try to secure playing time for the Nets in front of rising young shot blocker Nic Claxton.
Two important roster places for Golden State are still open, and one of them is anticipated to go unfilled for the most of the upcoming season. Along with young guard Lester Quinones, they also have two further two-way contracts available.