Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. may be some of the highlights, but the Golden State Warriors have already lost several of their tag team members this season. While the aforementioned withdrew to Portland and Toronto, respectively, Nemanja Bellica returned to Europe, Damion Lee disembarked on the Valley of the Sun and Juan Toscano Anderson went to Los Angeles.
Fast-forward to now and the last of the former Dubs dominoes has finally fallen.
According to an announcement from the team on Friday, points guard Chris Chiusa has officially put a paper on a new deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
Chiozza’s deal with the Nets is said to be from Exhibit 10 – a one-year, unsecured agreement for the minimum salary that Brooklyn can turn into a two-way deal. Essentially, it gives him a chance to show his stuff during training camp. From there, he will have financial incentives to move to a subsidiary of the G League.
Of course, Chiusa is no stranger to Brooklyn.
Chiyosa netted him before
After leaving Florida in 2018, Chiozza finally took out his career with the summer Washington Wizards. This led to a camp deal with the club before he finally landed with G League’s Capital City Go-Go team. He later got a 10-day shot with the Houston Rockets.
While he did not see any action with the club at the time, he remained in the Rockets system through the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. This eventually led to a deal for the remainder of the season in Houston and his first handful of NBA appearances.
The following year (2019-20) he returned to the capital, this time receiving a two-way contract with Wiz. Although he spent much of his time with Go-Go that season, he briefly played in 10 games alongside Bradley Beal and Co. Resigned by the team, he quickly caught up in Brooklyn as a two-way player.
Over the next year and a half, across a pair of two directions and a 10-show, he played in 40 games for the Nets, making three starts, averaging 5.1 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 rebounds per contest.
That would eventually lead to his two-way spot with the Warriors last season.
Chiozza struggled when he was on the field for Golden State
Throughout his young career, Chiozza struggled to constantly connect off the ground, and the situation with Dubs certainly didn’t improve. In fact, his overall field goal percentage in the bay was only 29.6% and he wasn’t much better than in depth, calling in a 32.1% cut.
As a result, the number of young mouths Steve Kerr had to feed and the appearance of Payton, Chiozza was rarely called upon to play meaningful minutes during his brief stay at the Warriors. Once the playoffs began, he was ineligible to play due to his two-way status.
In total, he appeared in 34 games for Golden State in 2021-22, scoring 2.0 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per outing.
Weighing in at just 5-11 and 175 pounds, he will likely battle an enduring battle to hold a spot in the league. However, his toughness was never in question, and the Nets clearly saw something in him.
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