Warriors Re-Sign Jeff Adrien From NBA D-League Following Trade Deadline Deals
The move comes following Wednesday's trade of Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric to the New Jersey Nets for Troy Murphy. Murphy is expected to be bought out of his contract, leaving the Warriors with less than the minimum of 13 players needed to be in compliance with NBA roster regulations.
Adrien, a 6-foot-7 power forward, began the season with the Warriors before being released on Dec. 9 so the team could sign Acie Law. In 15 games with Golden State, Adrien averaged 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in just over 10 minutes of playing time per contest.
Since being released by the Warriors, the former UConn product has been tearing up the D-League. In 26 games split between the Erie BayHawks and the Vipers, Adrien has averaged 18.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting 55 percent from the field.
In Adrien's most recent game, a 107-101 victory over the Maine Red Claws on Thursday afternoon, the big man scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
It should come as no surprise that the Warriors brought Adrien back once the team was able to open a roster spot as he's simply been a man among boys in the D-League and had been considered an NBA call-up prospect almost from the time he arrived to play in the Development League due to his rebounding tenacity and ability to play much bigger than he actually is.
The Warriors next game is Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks at home.