(SNO) – The Chris Boucher experiment appears to be over, at least for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Or, at least for now.
On Friday last, the day after the 2018 NBA Draft, the team opted to waive Boucher, who was about to start the second year of a two-year, two-way contract.
Boucher, a 6’10” power forward born in Castries, Saint Lucia, was always a long shot to secure a role with the Warriors. He entered the draft last year as a 24-year old with a torn ACL, and, after going undrafted, joined the Warriors on a two-way contract.
Boucher – who played college basketball at Oregon – rehabbed with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League, and returned to the court before the season ended. In 20 games in Santa Cruz, Boucher averaged 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game.
He was called up briefly, and appeared in one NBA game with Golden State, tallying one rebound and one missed shot in one minute of action. Now an unrestricted free agent, Boucher can sign a contract with any team.
It is entirely possible that the Warriors re-sign Boucher to a two-way contract. If Golden State can’t fill their two-way spaces with players who can contribute immediately, they very well may turn back to Boucher.
Boucher has been granted an international transfer by the Saint Lucia Basketball Federation. This week, he played for Canada – where he has spent most of his life – against China in a warmup match as Team Canada prepares for World Cup Qualifying games against the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands.