January 26, 2021

Warriors officially sign Wiseman; second-rounder Mannion gets two-way deal


The Warriors announced Friday that they officially signed No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman to an NBA contract.

Wiseman’s signing is no surprise after the Warriors spent their top offseason asset to acquire his draft rights.

The Memphis product is expected to make his Warriors debut next month when the NBA season opens Dec. 22. He will compete with Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss for minutes at center.

Fellow draft pick Nico Mannion (No. 48 overall, Arizona) also signed a contract with the Warriors — a two-way deal that allows the point guard to move between the NBA club and the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G-League. Mannion figures to be the Warriors’ third-string point guard behind Steph Curry and free agency signing Brad Wanamaker.

With new league rules in place to allow teams more flexibility in the event of positive coronavirus tests, Mannion will be able to play in up to 50 NBA games for the Warriors during this 72-game season. Under prior rules, players on two-way contracts would only be allowed to spend 45 days with their NBA club, including non-game days.

Golden State’s other second-round pick, Justinian Jessup (No. 51, Boise State), had signed a deal before the draft to play in Australia, so he is not in contention for a roster spot, though the Warriors retain his draft rights.

The Warriors did not announce financial terms for either contract.

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Author: Michael Nowels