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Report: Former Suns top-10 picks Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss reunite on Warriors

Warriors, Suns, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss

The Golden State Warriors will sign free-agent big man Dragan Bender to a 10-day contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This means Bender will reunite with former Phoenix Suns teammate Marquese Chriss, who has carved out a niche with the team.

Bender is expected to sign his 10-day contract on Sunday, which would put him in line to make his Warriors debut against the New Orleans Pelicans, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Waiting those few days to put pen to paper will give him the chance to prove himself in five games, starting with the Pelicans and then moving to the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Suns, and Washington Wizards before his deal expires.

The Warriors can then choose to sign him to another 10-day deal or potentially make him a G League stash after freeing up the last two two-way spots by signing Chriss and Ky Bowman to full-fledged NBA deals.

Golden State has had a history of turning reclamation projects into viable rotation pieces. The Dubs did so with Chriss earlier this season and are attempting to do the same with Andrew Wiggins, who was previously scored as a disappointment for a former No. 1 overall pick.

Bender, the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, played only seven games as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks after lasting three seasons in Phoenix. His career averages of 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds are nothing to write home about for a 7-footer, but he could get a sudden jolt developing under Golden State’s avid coaching.