Warriors Bringing In Ben McLemore, Elfrid Payton And Others For Workouts

The reigning champion Warriors are bringing in several veterans free agents for workouts this week, including shooting guard Ben McLemore, per Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic.Ben McLemore

Along with McLemore, the Warriors are set to work out forwards Kenneth Faried and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, as well as guard Elfrid Payton, per Charania and Slater.

McLemore, 29, is 6-foot-3 and appeared in 64 games with the Trail Blazers last season, putting together a bounce-back season of sorts, averaging 10.2 points on 40 percent shooting. He has also spent time with the Lakers, Kings, Rockets and Grizzlies.

Faried, 32, is 6-8 and last played in the NBA in 2018-19 with the Rockets. He also spent time with the Nuggets and Nets, and has been playing internationally the past several seasons. He has not appeared in more than 60 NBA games in a single season since 2016-17.

Hollis-Jefferson 27, is 6-6 and last played in the league in 2020-21 with the Trail Blazers. He spent most of his career with the Nets, making a brief stop with the Raptors.

Payton, 28, is 6-3 and once seemed on his way to very good things when his career began with the Magic. But he has recently bounced around the league, serving two stints with the Suns, another with the Pelicans and another with the Knicks. He averaged 3.0 points in 50 games last season with Phoenix.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have also worked out several other veterans recently, per Charania and Slater.

That list included Shabazz Muhammad, Solomon Hill, Tyler Cook and Kelan Martin. Golden State is also expected to work out Miye Oni, Ty-Shon Alexander, Wesley Saunders and Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Charania and Slater added.

The Warriors currently have 13 players under contract, while weighing whether to bring back veteran Andre Iguodala for a 14th spot. Even that would leave them one roster to spot to fill, if they so choose.

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