The Golden State Warriors trimmed their roster down to regular-season size on Friday, waiving Stephen Curry’s undrafted free agent brother, Seth, along with big man Dewayne Dedmon and small forward Joe Alexander.
The Warriors also on Friday picked up the player options on Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, per Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times via Twitter.
Golden State Warriors pick up player options on Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) October 25, 2013
All three of the players who were cut are expected to be back with the Warriors organization, however, with Golden State’s D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, according to the Associated Press.
Thompson is now guaranteed his rookie-scale salary for the final year of his first contract in 2014-15. For Barnes and Ezeli, each now has the third year of their four-year rookie contracts guaranteed.
Curry and Dedmon received little playing time in the preseason while Alexander, the eighth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, didn’t play at all because of a stress reaction in his left leg.
Seth Curry played 43 minutes in six preseason games and struggled with his shooting, hitting 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) and 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from deep. He scored 13 points and had six assists and four rebounds for the Warriors in the preseason after signing as an undrafted free agent this summer.
Dedmon, an undrafted rookie out of Southern California, played 52 minutes in five preseason contests, scoring 17 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and blocking five shots. He shot 8-for-19 overall (42.1 percent).
Alexander spent a year with the Bucks in 2008-09, averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.1 minutes a game in 59 games. He was traded to the Chicago Bulls in February 2010, where he played in just eight games that season, and was waived by the New Orleans Hornets in November 2010.
After spending most of the 2010-11 season with the Texas Legends in the D-League, he spent six months in 2011 with Krasnye Krylya Samara Region in Russia.
It was a bit of a surprise that the Warriors cut both Curry and Dedmon and opted to keep just 14 players on the roster. It was expected that one of them would remain with the team and the other would likely wind up with Santa Cruz.