Golden State Warriors’ Head Coach Opens Up About Waiving Off Juan Toscano-Anderson

Published 12/19/2020, 11:07 PM EST
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to the media as the Golden State Warriors prepare to take on the Houston Rockets in game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ca., on Sat. May 26, 2018. (Photo by Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


The Golden State Warriors are under everybody’s close watch this upcoming season. Why? Well, because fans are waiting to see how they withstand another year without their star player, Klay Thompson. But it seems like they’re ready for it all, as they’ve locked in on their 15-man roster after waiving forward Juan Toscano-Anderson.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

This move leaves the Warriors with one of its two-way slots vacant. It’s possible that Toscano-Anderson might be re-signed to fill that opening, but there is no guarantee that this is what they are planning to do.

Tough call for the Warriors

The decision to let go of Juan came right before head coach Steve Kerr’s recent media availability. He subsequently opened up about how the decision to waive Toscano-Anderson wasn’t an easy one at all.

“Very very difficult decision for us,” Kerr stated. “Juan is a favorite of mine because he knows how to play basketball and he’s a winner. He just makes plays and competes.”

However, Kerr also mentioned the possibility of his return. As per Drew Shiller, “Steve Kerr notes that if Juan Toscano-Anderson clears waivers, him returning to the Warriors on a two-way contract is a possibility.”

The 27-year-old signed with the Warriors in February but appeared in only 13 games for them in 2020 and averaged 5.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.

How Mychal Mulder benefits from Toscano-Anderson’s exit

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Juan being waived meant that point guard Mychal Mulder landed the 15th and the final spot in the Warriors’ regular-season roster. Mulder’s been presented with the opportunity due to his spectacular shooting in the Warriors’ preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets about a week ago.

Mulder went 3-4 from the three-point range and ended with 10 points under his belt, in a quickfire display against Denver, but he only managed 3 points when the Warriors played the Sacramento Kings.  However, these displays were enough for Mulder to get into the roster having already impressed the team with his burst of excellence.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

It makes sense for Golden State to keep Mulder around. Due to Thompson’s absence, the team doesn’t have many shooters to rely on besides Stephen Curry. Mulder’s talent might solve that issue to some extent, but let’s wait and watch to see how it all unfolds!

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Yashima Bhatia

1189 articles

Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT