Warriors Winners and Losers from 2022 NBA Free Agency

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBAFeatured Columnist IVAugust 4, 2022

Warriors Winners and Losers from 2022 NBA Free Agency

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    The Golden State Warriors have shifted again from NBA hunters to the league's hunted.

    World champions for the fourth time in eight years, the Dubs spent their summer preparing for their upcoming title defense.

    While free agency resulted in more subtractions than additions, Golden State still did a decent job of recovering from potential costly departures and stumbling upon a few bargain buys.

    With the dust more or less settled on this offseason, let's break down two Warriors winners and one loser from free agency.

Winner: Donte DiVincenzo

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    Most of the last year had to be filled with frustration for Donte DiVincenzo, but a fresh start in Golden State should provide the ultimate bounce-back opportunity.

    The 25-year-old suffered a serious ankle injury in May 2021 that seemingly robbed him of key cog status with the Milwaukee Bucks, particularly as he struggled through a rocky, inefficient return.

    DiVincenzo was eventually shipped to the Sacramento Kings at last season's deadline, but they declined to give him a qualifying offer even though his numbers largely rebounded during his time with the team.

    All of that is in the past now, though, and what's in his future is a potentially prominent combo guard role with the defending champs.

    The Villanova product has supported a championship roster before, and his versatility should make him an effortless fit in Golden State. He doesn't have a standout skill, but he offers a little of everything: shot-creation, playmaking, sharpshooting, cutting, transition scoring and pesky defending.

    DiVincenzo could really thrive with the Warriors, which could entail both competing for a title now and then finding a more lucrative contract in a year or two.

Loser: Chris Chiozza

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    The Warriors sent nine players into free agency this summer. Six have since secured new NBA contracts. Another, Andre Iguodala, has a deal with the Dubs waiting for him if he wants it. Another, Nemanja Bjelica, could have stayed in the league but opted for a European pact instead.

    As for Chris Chiozza, though, he's still unsigned and might not have a path back to the league.

    However, the 26-year-old has found his way onto an NBA roster in each of the last four seasons, so don't count him out. But while his 34 games in 2021-22 were a career high, he couldn't force his way into a full-time rotation role and his career averages include just 3.3 points per game on 35.3 percent shooting.

    The door to the Dubs has seemingly closed, so if Chiozza hopes to stick in this league, he'll likely have to head elsewhere, probably on a training camp deal if he can find one.

Winner: JaMychal Green

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    It was a strange 12 months for JaMychal Green, who saw his role with the Denver Nuggets sliced amid a season-long shooting slump, then wound up being salary-dumped onto the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Then, he worked out a buyout agreement to escape the Sooner State and latched on with the Warriors after being swayed by a recruiting pitch from head coach Steve Kerr.

    "He told me that [the Warriors] were interested, that they wanted me here, wanted me to be a part of the program," Green told reporters. "After talking to him, I couldn't tell him no. The organization and what they built over here, I'd love to be a part of it."

    For a 32-year-old veteran, a move from Oklahoma City to Golden State has to feel like a career lifeline. Had he stayed with the Thunder, he would've spent the next season tutoring a young team and being benched or traded away if he was too good.

    Instead, he'll land right in the championship race and potentially play a not-insignificant role in it, so long as his typically reliable three-ball (career 36.6 percent) returns to form.


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