Posted by Ben Golliver
The roster churn continues in the Bay Area.
The Golden State Warriors have released guard Ish Smith, according to the Contra Costa Times. Smith, 23, was signed to a non-guaranteed contract. He appeared in six games for the Warriors, averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 assists.
HoopsWorld.com reports that the Warriors will use Smith's roster spot to sign free agent big man Earl Barron to a "partially-guaranteed" contract. SI.com confirms the report.
Barron, 30, went to training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers but was released after the team signed free agent big men Kurt Thomas and Craig Smith. Barron has played five seasons in the NBA, including stops with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and the Blazers. Barron is a lithe 7-footer with a limited offensive game. His career averages: 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 110 appearances.
The moves come one day after starting center Kwame Brown was lost to a chest injury that is expected to sideline him for at least three months. The Warriors got hammered in the paint by Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard on Thursday night, as he erupted for 45 points and 23 rebounds while drawing an NBA-record 39 foul shots.
The Warriors were previously linked to free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko two weeks ago but instead decided to sign athletic guard Nate Robinson, who was bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Warriors, under first-year coach Mark Jackson, are 3-7 on the season.