The Warriors signed free agent center Keith Benson to a 10-day contract, the team announced in a press release Saturday. Terms of the deal were not made public.
Benson, 23, had appeared in all 20 games for the D-League Sioux Falls Skyforce before getting the call. He was averaging 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game, and is coming off a 17-point, 11-rebound effort Fiday vs. Bakersfield.
Benson will be in uniform wearing No. 34 for the Warriors against the Kings Saturday.
The six-foot-11 center was a second round draft pick by the Hawks after averaging 3.6 blocks per game for Oakland University in Michigan (second in NCAA).
Big man Chris Wright was assigned to the D-League's Dakota Wizards.
Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.
During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000.
If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring.
Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game.
Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details.
Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.
Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.
But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.
While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.
"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.
When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."
A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?
"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.
To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.
"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.