Chriss, Warriors share mutual interest in reuniting

Forward Marquese Chriss appeared in 36 games with the Warriors before being waived.

The Golden State Warriors and forward Marquese Chriss aren’t ruling out a reunion after Chriss was waived by the team Monday night, as relayed by Monte Poole of NBC Sports.

Chriss’ salary was set to become fully guaranteed Tuesday. It can still be guaranteed if he is claimed off waivers 48 hours after the time he was released. If not, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

“He’s a good young talent,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s developed. He has a fantastic attitude. He’s somebody we were all really hoping we could keep.

“But the rules stipulate that we had to shed money and this was the end result. Everybody is disappointed — players, coaches, front office. But this is how it worked.”

Chriss averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 36 games.

“Chriss, 22, was the only player on a non-guaranteed contract,” Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle explained. “That made cutting him the easiest way for the team to free up a 15-man roster spot for guard Damion Lee, who is 43 days into the 45-day limit with the NBA club allotted under his two-way contract.”

Chriss is 6-foot-9 and was drafted by Phoenix with the No. 8 overall pick in 2016. He has not lived up to expectations, as the Suns traded him to Houston in August of 2018. The Rockets then traded him to Cleveland as part of three-team trade last February.

He became a free agent at the end of last season and the Cavaliers opted not to re-sign him.