Warriors trade No. 52 pick to OKC for young shooter Waters

Warriors trade No. 52 pick to OKC for young shooter Waters originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

The Warriors made a move with the No. 52 pick well before they were on the clock at the 2024 NBA Draft.

Golden State traded that second-round selection to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday for Lindy Waters III, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported the news, citing sources, and the Warriors later announced it.

The Warriors plan to keep Waters past his Saturday guarantee date, The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reported, citing sources, adding that they like the 26-year-old guard as a deep rotation option. He’ll be paid $2.2 million next season.

After going undrafted in 2020, Waters signed with the Enid Outlaws of The Basketball League. Waters joined the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G League affiliate, in October 2021 and averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his first season with the Blue.

Waters signed a two-way contract with the Thunder, his hometown team, in February 2022, and one year later, the team converted his deal into a multiyear standard NBA contract.

Waters has averaged 5.3 points on 41.6 percent shooting from the field and 37.7 percent from 3-point range, with 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 104 NBA games.

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