Warriors waive former lottery pick Chriss after game

Forward Marquese Chriss is in his first season with the Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors have waived forward Marquese Chriss, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chriss signed with the Warriors in September. His contract would have become fully guaranteed if had not been waived by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday.┬áThe Warriors informed Chriss following Monday’s loss to Sacramento, Letourneau reported.

Chriss was averaging 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 36 games.

“Chriss, 22, was the only player on a non-guaranteed contract,” Letourneau wrote. “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. The Rockets then traded him to Cleveland as part of three-team trade in February.

He became a free agent at the end of last season and the Cavaliers opted not to re-sign him. He will be eligible to sign anywhere as an unrestricted free agent should he clear waivers 48 hours after being released.