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Warriors decline to give Toscano-Anderson qualifying offer, making him unrestricted free agent

Warriors decline to give Toscano-Anderson qualifying offer, making him unrestricted free agent

The Warriors have been chock-full of feel-good stories over the past several years. One of the best, though, may be reaching its conclusion with the team.

Golden State did not extend a qualifying offer to Oakland native Juan Toscano-Anderson before a Wednesday deadline to do so, sources confirmed to the Bay Area News Group. The Warriors also did not give guard Chris Chiozza a qualifying offer, making both unrestricted free agents beginning Thursday afternoon.

The Warriors would have needed to offer Toscano-Anderson $2.1 million to make him a restricted free agent. That figure is slightly above the approximately $1.8 million he would receive if he signed for the minimum salary.

Toscano-Anderson grew up a Warriors fan and went to games at Oracle Arena. After years of working his way through international leagues, including stops in Mexico and Venezuela and the G League, Toscano-Anderson joined the Warriors roster in February 2020 and wore No. 95 in honor of his East Oakland upbringing, which included living on 95th Avenue.

As a two-way player for most of the 2020-21 season, Toscano-Anderson emerged as an effective role player, averaging 20.9 minutes per game across 53 games played and 16 starts. The Warriors converted his two-way deal into a full-time contract on May 13, 2021 with a 2021-22 roster spot guaranteed — a moment that sparked an emotional phone call with his mother.

In the 2021-22 title-winning season, Toscano-Anderson’s role decreased as the season went along, from being an active member of the rotation early to only playing in end-of-quarter defensive possessions or in garbage time by the playoffs.

Source: Paradise Post

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