Today, April 17, is Scott Machado’s final day of his 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Machado, a guard out of Iona College, was called up April 7 by Golden State and was in uniform during the team’s game against the Utah Jazz. A day later, Golden State assigned Machado to its D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he had been for the previous month or so and had played 10 games.
It was an odd move, considering the back-and-forth nature of it all. But from what I’ve been told and what I’ve heard, Golden State likes Machado, so the call-up wasn’t out of the ordinary. And the assignment to the D-League wasn’t exactly bizarre, either, considering Golden State has plenty of guards and are still playing for the best possible seed in the playoffs — even today, April 17, the final day of the regular season.
Did Golden State sign him to prevent another team from signing him? Possibly. They had a roster spot to use. Ridiculous Upside brings up that point.
But whether that’s the case or not, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted earlier this week that Machado will sign with Golden State for the rest of the season. So if they were preventing him from signing with another team, they like him enough to keep him around.
UPDATE: Golden State has signed Machado for the remainder of the season, the team announced today. Machado remains on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors, though, and he’s expected to play tonight when Santa Cruz opens Game 1 of its best-of-three D-League semifinal against host Austin at 5:30 p.m.