Ben Gordon to Warriors: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2015

Orlando Magic's Ben Gordon (7) drives around Charlotte Hornets' Gerald Henderson (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. Charlotte won 98-83. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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The Golden State Warriors are already one of the NBA's deepest teams, but the defending champions aren't done hunting for veteran contributors who can help round out the end of their rotation. 

The Bay Area News Group's Diamond Leung reported on Sept. 25 that the Warriors agreed to sign free-agent shooting guard Ben Gordon to a training camp deal, which the Warriors confirmed Monday. ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported the two sides were attempting to hammer out specifics. 

Gordon last played for the Orlando Magic, but they declined to pick up the veteran's 2015-16 player option after signing him to a two-year, $9 million deal prior to the 2014-15 campaign.

And while he isn't guaranteed a spot on Golden State's final 15-man roster due to the nature of the deal, Gordon could fill a vacant position if he impresses during training camp. 

CSN Bay Area's Monte Pool passed along head coach Steve Kerr's thoughts on Gordon: 

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS

Steve Kerr on Ben Gordon, invited to #Warriors camp: He's a proven scorer. Looks good. We'll give him a chance. No guarantees or anything.

According to Basketball Insiders, the Warriors have 13 players signed to guaranteed deals for the 2015-16 season, which leaves two spots up for grabs. At present, Chris Babb, Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo, Jarell Eddie and Juwan Staten are all signed to non-guaranteed pacts.

However, McAdoo should have a leg up on the competition after the Warriors signed him for the duration of the 2014-15 season last February. 

That would leave one spot available for a five-man group that now includes Gordon, who has appeared in 75 games over the past two seasons. 

"It's still stunning that Gordon, who was essential to the Bulls team that pushed the Celtics to seven games in an epic 2009 first-round playoff series, has fallen as far as he has," CBS Sports' Matt Moore wrote. "Gordon is still just 32 years old, and there should be several good years left in his tank."

Gordon may not be the scorer he once was, but he's still capable of scoring in spurts. Last season, the 11-year vet shot 36.1 percent from three, including 42.6 percent on catch-and-shoot attempts from beyond the arc. 

He's not going to offer much potency off the dribble—especially after shooting 25 percent on pull-ups last season—but Gordon could conceivably thrive as an off-ball spot-up shooter in Golden State's wildly efficient offense. 

The Warriors will use the next month to determine if Gordon is a fit at the back end of their star-studded roster, but he could offer solid stability as a 15th man. Compared to the unproven youngsters on non-guaranteed deals, the former No. 3 overall pick is a far safer choice for a team that's smack-dab in the middle of a title-contending window.  

All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com unless noted otherwise. 


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