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Top Alen Smailagic News

  • Alen Smailagic: Waived by Golden State

    The Warriors officially waived Smailagic on Wednesday.

    Smailagic appeared in just 29 games over the last two seasons with the Warriors due to numerous injuries. The 6-foot-10 forward is only 20 years old and may draw interest as a developmental prospect from other teams around the league. However, it appears that his time in the NBA is done for now.

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  • Alen Smailagic: On way out of Golden State

    The Warriors plan to waive Smailagic before Friday, when his $1.78 million salary for 2021-22 becomes fully guaranteed, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    Golden State has spent the better part of three years investing in Smailagic's development. The 6-foot-10, 215-pound big man suited up for the Warriors' G League affiliate in 2018-19 before being selected by the Pelicans in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft, only for Golden State to fork up two future second-round picks to acquire his rights. Ultimately, the Warriors' patience with Smailagic didn't pay off, as he appeared in only 29 games across his two NBA seasons while missing considerable time due to injury. Since he won't turn 21 years old until later this month, Smailagic is far from a finished product, so it wouldn't be surprising if another team invested a back-end roster spot in him in 2021-22.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Plays just one minute Thursday

    Smailagic added one assist in one minute of action during Thursday's win over Cleveland.

    Smailagic made a second straight appearance despite being a non-factor. The forward totaled four points, three rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes of action during Wednesday's win over the Thunder. In seven games played this year, Smailagic has totaled 15 points and six rebounds.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Drops out of rotation

    Smailagic (coach's decision) didn't play Tuesday in the Warriors' 108-98 loss to the 76ers.

    The Warriors returned three big men (James Wiseman, Kevon Looney and Eric Paschall) from the NBA's health and safety protocol Tuesday, so Smailagic predictably fell out of head coach Steve Kerr's rotation. Even when all three big men were missing in the Warriors' previous game Saturday against Memphis, Smailagic only received eight minutes after getting the start at center.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Returns to bench

    Smailagic will come off the bench Tuesday against the 76ers, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

    With James Wiseman (COVID-19 protocols) returning to the starting five, Smailagic will return to his usual role as a bench player. That said, there's not a guarantee that he'll crack the rotation with Wiseman back.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Starting Saturday

    Smailagic will start Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    With Kevon Looney, Eric Paschall and James Wiseman all out due to health and safety protocols, coach Steve Kerr will give Smailagic the nod at center. The game will be just Smailagic's third appearance this season. Per 36 minutes for his career, the second-year big man has averaged 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 blocks.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Recalled from G League

    Smailagic was recalled from the G League by the Warriors on Thursday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.

    Smailagic took on a starting role with the Santa Cruz Warriors late in the G League season and averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds over 17.0 minutes per game. However, the 20-year-old is unlikely to be a significant part of Golden State's rotation over the second half of the NBA campaign.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Puts up 17 points in loss

    Smailagic posted 17 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds and three assists across 29 minutes in Tuesday's 108-96 playoff loss to G League Lakeland.

    Smailagic bumped into a starting role for the final few games of the season, including the playoffs, but he averaged just 17 minutes per game overall. The 20-year-old proved to be a solid shooter, connecting on 51.7 percent of his field goals and averaging 7.5 points.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Impressive in G League debut

    Smailagic (knee) posted 19 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds and one block across 17 minutes for the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors in Wednesday's 111-108 win over Canton.

    After battling knee soreness throughout training camp and then requiring a minor procedure in early January to address a torn meniscus, Smailagic was finally cleared this week to make his first appearance at either the NBA or G League level. Although his minutes were limited, the 2019 second-round pick impressed with his efficiency to finish third on the team in scoring. He'll likely remain with Santa Cruz through the duration of its stay in the G League bubble in Orlando before likely rejoining the NBA team in mid-March, shortly after the All-Star break.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Ticketed for G League bubble

    Golden State head coach Steve Kerr announced Jan. 25 that Smailagic (knee) would report to the G League bubble in Orlando later this month to play for the organization's affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, Marcus White of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Smailagic has yet to play for the NBA club this season after he was bothered in training camp by right knee soreness that was later diagnosed as a torn meniscus. He underwent a minor surgical procedure in early January to address the matter and since returned to practice, though the extent of his activity isn't clear. In any case, the organization's decision to send Smailagic to the G League bubble implies that he's expected to play at some point during Santa Cruz's 12-to-15-game slate. The Warriors will also send second-year guard Jordan Poole and rookie two-way guard Nico Mannion to Orlando.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Undergoes surgery Monday

    Smailagic (knee) had surgery Monday in San Francisco to repair a right meniscal tear, Wes Goldberg of The San Jose Mercury News reports. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated in four weeks.

    Smailagic had been sidelined since the preseason with what had been labeled as knee soreness, but after the big man made limited progress in his recovery, doctors determined that surgery would be necessary to address his injury. The Warriors will check back in on Smailagic in a month, but even if he's cleared to resume basketball activities at that time, he'll likely need a week or more to regain conditioning before the team is comfortable using him in a game.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Out 'weeks' with torn meniscus

    Smailagic (knee) will be out for "weeks" with a torn right meniscus, Marcus White of NBC Sports reports.

    The forward will undergo surgery soon with hopes to return to the court in late January or early February. He wasn't expected to be in the rotation this season, so his absence thus far hasn't made much of an impact on coach Steve Kerr's rotation.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Still out with knee soreness

    Smailagic (knee) is out Friday against the Trail Blazers.

    It's not clear when Smailagic will be able to take the floor for the Warriors. He remains day-to-day.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Remains unavailable

    Smailagic (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Chicago.

    Smailagic will be sidelined for the third straight game to begin the season as he continues to deal with a sore right knee. The 20-year-old is expected to have a minor role for the Warriors once healthy.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Out Friday

    Smailagic (knee) is out for Friday's game against the Bucks.

    Right knee soreness will keep Smailagic out for a second straight game. Even once he's healthy, his role with the Warriors will be relatively small.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Sitting out Tuesday

    Smailagic (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's season opener against the Nets,

    The 20-year-old won't be available for the season opener after missing the final two exhibition games with the knee injury. Smailagic's next chance to take the court will be Friday in Milwaukee.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Out again Thursday

    Smailagic (knee) is out Thursday against the Kings, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    Smailagic missed Tuesday's preseason game and will sit out Thursday's finale as well. It's unclear if he'll be available for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Nets.

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  • Warriors' Alen Smailagic: Sitting out Tuesday

    Smailagic (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game at Sacramento, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    Smailagic is dealing with a sore right knee and won't be available for Tuesday's contest. The 20-year-old's next chance to take the court will be Thursday's preseason finale versus the Kings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-10, 241 lbs
Birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Age: 21
Experience: 2