Warriors Star Steph Curry reacts to Juan Toscano-Anderson signing with the Lakers
Former Golden State Warriors winger Juan Toscano-Anderson has a new home, signing a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers just hours to work as a free agent.
One of the first to react to this news was his former teammate, Stephen Curry, who wished JTA well on its next leg.
“Always a champion and always doing it for Oakland… good luck, my boy Juan T,” Curry tweeted along with a video of them celebrating the title.
The Warriors did not renew Toscano-Anderson’s qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. According to Yahoo Sports, his deal with the Lakers is a veteran’s bare minimum.
The 29-year-old has spent the last three seasons with the Warriors. He averaged 4.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists with 52.3 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from outside the arc. He can also provide some energy from the bench and is capable of playing as an attacker or a small forward – a combination of things the Lakers desperately need.
The JTA’s deal with the Lakers is part of a series of moves. LA also asked Damian Jones, Lonnie Walker IV and Troy Brown, Jr. to agree.
Toscano-Anderson was at peace with the exit of the warriors
Toscano-Anderson is famously a fan favorite with his hometown Warriors, delivering a great story. He hadn’t graduated from college and played for a few years in the Mexican league before finally making it to Golden State’s G League squad after a local trial.
While he would certainly prefer to stay with the Warriors if it turns out to be successful, he feels fine leaving after winning the title.
Toscano-Anderson told The Athletic: “I won the championship with my hometown team. “I stamped in the Town. I stamp in my country. That can’t be taken away from me. You have to give a little to get a little. And I gave up playing time to, you know, become a legend. I am a legend in the Town. I am a legend in Mexico. And I don’t say that myself. It’s showing, you know what I mean? “
Warriors have major moves to accomplish this cause
While Toscano-Anderson is gone, the Warriors will do their best to keep their championship roster together.
Some of the key unrestricted freelancers they will be looking to retain are Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II, while extensions to Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole could help secure a bright future.
“Our goal, our hope is to bring all those people back and try to do it again. They’re all great in different ways and they all meet different needs for us,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “A lot of our freelancers had big moments in the NBA Finals, which means they’re pretty important.”
The Warriors already have one of the most expensive rosters in the league but money doesn’t seem to be an issue for the franchise, they want to maximize their championship chances with Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green leading the way. .
“As you know, the paychecks are already the highest in the league,” says Myers. “Second place is not that close. That will change over time, but Joe [Lacob] always want to win. “
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