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JaVale McGee likely to make Warriors with roster trimmed to 15

Feb. 20, 2016 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Golden State Warriors won 115-112. . (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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The Golden State Warriors announced several roster moves on Thursday. As a result of the shuffling, the franchise has officially waived guards Phil Pressey, Elliot Williams and Cameron Jones.

Pressey appeared in five preseason contests for Golden State and averaged 2.4 points and one assist in about 10 minutes per game. The undersized 25-year-old spent last season split between the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns after spending each of his first two NBA seasons as a reserve with the Boston Celtics.

He has averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 assists in 148 career games.

Williams, who was selected in the first-round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, didn’t see any preseason action as he continues to recover from right knee surgery. He has bounced around between the NBA and the Development League over the last several years while he enjoyed a brief 16-game stint with Panathinaikos in Greece earlier this year.

He has averaged just under five points in 109 NBA games for five different teams.

Jones has spent most of his career in the D-League since going undrafted out of Northern Arizona in 2011. He has also played for Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia and Arkadikos in Greece. In five preseason games with Golden Statem, he averaged five points, 1.4 rebounds and one assist in approximately 11 minutes per game.

The Warriors’ roster now stands at 15 players, which would seem to bode well for camp invitee and veteran center JaVale McGee. Golden State added the mercurial seven-footer on a non-guaranteed deal in late July and he has been fairly impressive in limited preseason minutes.

The Warriors figure to be rather thin defensively in the paint with the departure of fellow big man Andrew Bogut, and, if nothing else, McGee can provide some rim protection in a small backup role. His spot is not locked, though, as some teams choose to carry fewer than the maximum of 15 players into the regular season in order to retain some flexibility.

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