With the one-year contract of veteran Cory Joseph, the Golden State Warriors have filled their need for a third-string point guard. The move broke the Warriors’ somewhat sluggish start in free agency, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The team’s starting point guards are 38-year-old Chris Paul, a recent acquisition, and 35-year-old Stephen Curry.
Joseph adds crucial depth and experience to the position. The addition to the Warriors’ backcourt depth for the next season and the acquisition gives them a dependable option off the bench.
Free agent Cory Joseph signs for Warriors with one-year deal
Cory Joseph, a seasoned guard, has joined the Golden State Warriors on a one-year contract, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Warriors haven’t been very active in the free-agent market, but they have made wise additions to preserve a sense of familiarity within the group. Their guard-heavy lineup gains depth with the addition of Joseph, and their bench rotation is strengthened.
The Warriors have reshaped their backcourt bench with Joseph, Chris Paul and Santa Clara's Brandin Podziemski. https://t.co/O1cWQgJqHf
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2023
After a successful season with the Detroit Pistons, Joseph fits in well with the Warriors’ system because of his playing style and shooting skill.
Although Joseph has been added, it is still unclear whether the Warriors’ acquisitions would be sufficient to increase their likelihood of winning the Western Conference crown, which is a very tough division.
Golden State lost DiVincenzo to Knicks
Donte DiVincenzo, a former Golden State Warriors guard, has signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the New York Knicks, marking their first substantial move in the free agent market. DiVincenzo decided against exercising his player option with the Warriors to move to New York to be with his former Villanova teammates Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart.
The Knicks have improved their backcourt by acquiring a talented three-point shooter and a capable on-ball defender with the acquisition of Obi Toppin. DiVincenzo, who won the Most Outstanding Player award at the 2018 Final Four, had a strong shooting season, making a career-high 39.7% of his three-point attempts. Aside from those numbers, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 43.5% from the field.
DiVincenzo now joins a quality Knicks squad that ended the regular season with a 47-35 record. He previously won a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021. After winning their first-round series against Cleveland, earned the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals but at last, lost to Miami in six games.
The Knicks’ lineup is strengthened by the arrival of DiVincenzo, who gives an already-promising team more firepower as they seek to go farther in the playoffs next year.