After an impressive showing at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he gained favor with the Golden State Warriors' staff, Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft has reportedly agreed to a deal with the ball club for the upcoming season.
According to his agent, the deal is only partially guaranteed, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Normally, such a deal will hold some sort of guarantee through December, at which point the team can opt to cut him before the new year when the contract becomes guaranteed for the rest of the season. That said, an additional report notes that the aforementioned guarantee for Craft is a "small" one.
Craft will likely attempt to prove his worth as a viable option for the third point guard position on Golden State's roster. That said, should he lose out on the spot, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team eat the little money he is owed and instead choose to waive him, allowing their D-League squad in Santa Cruz to retain his rights. Of course, such was the case with Seth Curry (and others) last season.
If one thing is for sure, it's that Craft has a fan in new head coach Steve Kerr. It's likely they'll want to maintain a closer look at him throughout the year, regardless of what happens following training camp.
That said, perhaps playing in Craft's favor at this point, is the unfortunate injury to fellow point guard Nemanja Nedovic. After an underwhelming stint in Las Vegas, Nedovic reportedly has a stress fracture. While that may require surgery, there's still a chance he could be ready for training camp anyway.
Still, one has to wonder if Nedovic would be 100% by then. His rehab process and/or any evident rust may further open up the door for Craft. Either way, it'll be interesting to see if either (or which one) guard will be primed to don a Santa Cruz jersey full-time following camp.