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Reports: Warriors signing rookie to 3-year deal



© Darren Yamashita | 2023 Jul 5

According to ESPN’s Kendra Andrews, the Warriors are giving their 14th roster spot to Gui Santos, a Brazilian forward who spent last year in the G-League with Santa Cruz.

Santos, 21, was the 55th pick in the 2022 draft. He averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Santa Cruz Warriors last year as a wing.

Teams are allowed to roster 15 players during the regular season, plus three additional two-way players. While it’s notable that Santos and the Warriors are finalizing a three-year deal, he’s still expected to split time between the Warriors and the G-League Warriors, per Andrews.

NBC Sports Bay Area and the San Francisco Chronicle also reported Santos’ agreement.

Santos impressed in summer league and could contribute in the Warriors’ front court, but doesn’t add the size that some believe Golden State needs. Given his position, he’ll likely battle for playing time with players like Lester Quiñones and Brandin Podziemski, not Dario Saric or Trayce Jackson-Davis.

During last year’s G-League campaign, the 6-foot-8 Santos shot 33.3% from 3 and 50% from the field. He also averaged as many assists as he did turnovers in 26 minutes per game.