The reigning champion Golden State Warriors reportedly added more backcourt depth Thursday by signing former West Virginia standout point guard Juwan Staten to a one-year contract.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports the deal was confirmed by the guard's agent, Colin Bryant. Other terms of the agreement were not immediately released.
Staten started his collegiate career at Dayton before moving to West Virginia after one season. He proceeded to average 13.4 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds across 94 games with the Mountaineers.
After going undrafted back in June, he linked up with the Sacramento Kings for the Las Vegas Summer League. He made just one appearance, tallying two points, two assists and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action, per NBA.com.
Now he'll join the Warriors, where he could actually carve out a niche role with the title holders.
Golden State is best known for its high-powered offensive attack, led by the dynamic guard tandem of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Staten can't come anywhere close to that duo's scoring prowess (he shot 43 percent from the field in college), but he's a terrific defender.
If he can use training camp and the preseason to showcase himself as a player capable of locking down opposing point guards, there's a reasonable chance he could crack the final roster. He'll be battling the likes of Shaun Livingston, Brandon Rush, Ian Clark and Chris Babb for spots.
At the very least, getting to play alongside the likes of Curry and Thompson with the NBA champions should help Staten develop and understand the areas he still needs to improve to make a roster.