Warriors Likely Parting Ways With Fan-Fave Forward & Two-Way Guard: Report

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Getty Juan Toscano-Anderson and Jordan Poole laugh before a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Few players have earned a spot in the collective hearts of Dub Nation like Juan Toscano-Anderson. After all, the Oakland-born baller — who was put on the hardwood path as a child by the wife of Golden State Warriors legend Al Attles — is one of the Association’s ultimate rags-to-riches tales.

He reached new heights just a few, short weeks ago, too, when he became only the second Mexican-American to win an NBA championship, and he celebrated by taking the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Mexico for the first time.

Alas, the 29-year-old looks to be moving on to the next phase of his hardwood journey after his storybook rise to prominence.

Per a report from team insider Anthony Slater, the Warriors just made a decision that likely means his run with Stephen Curry and Co. is coming to an end.

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According to Slater, the Warriors will not be tendering qualifying offers to either Toscano-Anderson or two-way guard Chris Chiozza. Had they done so, both players would have become restricted free agents, giving the Dubs an opportunity to match any offer sheets they signed.

Instead, Toscano-Anderson and Chiozza will become unrestricted free agents on June 30 at 6 pm ET. Per Slater, the two are “unlikely to return to the Warriors.”

The 6-foot-6 Toscano-Anderson appeared in 139 games with Golden State from February of 2020 to the end of the 2021-22 campaign. Over that period, he averaged 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 17.1 minutes per contest. He also connected on 36.1% of his triples.

He finished second to Knicks forward Obi Toppin in February’s Slam Dunk Contest.

While his time in the Bay Area looks to be done, Toscano-Anderson should be in a position to land a gig elsewhere in the NBA. The feel, awareness and ability to defend players of varying sizes that he showed as a rotational player on a championship team bodes well for his future prospects.

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Chiozza At a Glance

For his part, Chiozza had some struggles when he got onto the court for the Warriors this past season. The fourth-year pro appeared in 34 games for the Warriors as a two-way signee, but he averaged just 2.0 points and 1.9 assists per outing with shooting splits of 30-32-67.

In spite of that, as well as the fact that he’ll be looking for a fifth NBA team to join this summer, the 26-year-old clearly doesn’t hold any ill will towards the Warriors for letting him go. When prodded on Instagram for a negative response, Chiozza chimed in with the following:

“Y’all always want stuff to be personal. It’s business Ima be good trust me I still got love for the whole organization and the Bay except for the folks that gotta talk off fake pages.”


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