Warriors goalie Chris Chiozza named biggest ‘loser’ of offseason

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Several members of the Golden State Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors are victorious. Fresh off their fourth title in eight years, all is well for Golden State. Sure, they have tough financial decisions to make next year, but right now the Warriors are on top of the world.

Stephen Curry finally won his first NBA Finals MVP, Klay Thompson returned from injury and picked up where he left off, and Andrew Wiggins made his first All-Star game and became the second best player on a championship team (in the playoffs).

But not everyone in Golden State wins. They’ve just wrapped up a fairly successful offseason that saw them add Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green to replace lost assets, but according to Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, there was one big loser for Golden State this summer – Chris Chiozza.

“The Warriors sent nine players to free agency this summer. Six have since been given new NBA contracts. Another, Andre Iguodala, has a deal with the Dubs waiting for him if he wants it. Another, Nemanja Bjelica, could have stayed in the league but instead opted for a European pact.

“As for Chris Chiozza, however, he is still unsigned and may not have a return to the league,” Buckley wrote.

That said, there may still be hope for Chiozza.


Chiozza has a chance, but not a big one

Despite never earning regular minutes anywhere, Chiozza still managed to find his way back into the league. He played for four different franchises in four seasons: the Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets and Warriors. Because of this, Buckley thinks he might have a chance to return to the NBA next season.

“However, the 26-year-old has found his way onto an NBA roster in each of the last four seasons, so don’t count him. But while his 34 games in 2021-22 were a career high, he couldn’t work his way into a full-time rotational role and his career averages include just 3.3 points per game on 35.3% shooting,” Buckley explained.

As mentioned, Chiozza has struggled to earn a regular role in any rotation he’s been in. In 91 total NBA appearances during his four years of experience, he averaged just 11.4 minutes per game while posting a statistic of 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. decisive on 35.3% shooting from the field and 34.3% shooting from behind the three-point line.

But while Chiozza might have a shot at earning another chance, that chance probably won’t be at Golden State.


Chiozza needs to explore elsewhere

Although Chiozza played a career-high 34 games last year for the Warriors, seeing him earn another spot with them next season seems highly unlikely.

“The Dubs’ door has apparently closed, so if Chiozza hopes to stay in this league, he’ll probably have to head elsewhere, probably on a training camp deal if he can find one,” Buckley said.

There’s still a chance that Chiozza will earn a training camp opportunity this summer and find his spot on another roster next year, but his time at Golden State is apparently over.

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