Warriors’ plan for Dragan Bender after expiration of 10-day contract
The Golden State Warriors are not planning to offer forward Dragan Bender a second 10-day contract right away, according to a report from The Athletic. Instead, the team will look to maintain a bit of flexibility.
Bender racked up 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in in Tuesday night’s comeback victory over the Nuggets. Notably, it was the last day of his first 10-day deal with the Warriors.
Though the Warriors don’t have immediate plans to offer Bender a second 10-day contract, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
Bender, meanwhile, is currently out of time. His first 10-day deal expired on Tuesday and, I’m told, the Warriors will not immediately sign him to a second 10-day, maintaining some flexibility, though a second 10-day for Bender soon isn’t out of the question.
If Bender is not a part of the Warriors’ plans for the future, Eric Paschall would likely see an uptick in his usage rate. Paschall has played well as of late, scoring nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s win over the Nuggets.
There will likely be teams interested in Bender. At 7-0 feet, the Bosnian-born big man has good size, and he has the ability to stretch the floor with a decent perimeter shot.
In his six appearances with the Warriors (three starts), Bender has racked up averages of 7.5 points on 36.7 percent shooting from the field (29.2 percent from beyond the arc), 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23.3 minutes per outing.
The Warriors will be back in action on Thursday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the Toronto Raptors.