Undrafted rookie Jeff Adrien -- the undersized power forward who won over many fans with his bruising style -- was signed to a non-guaranteed contract. The Warriors decided to keep Adrien around instead of keeping that last roster spot open.
"We've taken 15 spots for right now," general manager Larry Riley said after Monday's practice. "Jeff is on our roster. We think he's earned an opportunity to stay with us. Having said that, of course, we'll continue to search throughout the year -- whether it be this week or whether it be at the trade deadline -- we'll continue to try to find ways to improve our basketball team."
Adrien, from the University of Connecticut, saw action in all eight preseason games. He averaged 3.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes. He finished the exhibition season with 20 offensive rebounds, tied for the team lead with center Andris Biedrins and forward David Lee.
Injuries to forwards Lou Amundson and Ekpe Udoh, both expected to do the dirty work, made Adrien look that much more attractive. Helping Adrien's cause was the Warriors' inability to find a backup point guard on the market. Riley said that area is a still a concern.
"Those are things we've been looking at for the past couple weeks," Riley said. "We're in a position where we feel like we're fairly solid there. But there is always a question of could we use some help at backup point guard. If we get the right guy, we might consider going that direction."
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