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News » Hunter reinforces roster

Hunter reinforces roster

Hunter reinforces rosterBefore the Warriors played their third consecutive game with half of their roster, the NBA granted them a hardship exemption Friday, allowing them to sign forward-center Chris Hunter .

Hunter averaged 19.3 points on 55.1 percent shooting and 9.4 rebounds a game for the NBA Developmental League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants last season. He bumps the Warriors' roster to 16 players, one over the league maximum, which was allowed in this case because of their injury woes.

Kelenna Azubuike knee and Brandan Wright shoulder have been lost for the season, and Raja Bell , who Monday will meet with a hand specialist and schedule left wrist surgery in Charlotte, could have the same fate. Speedy Claxton multiple injuries and Devean George knee have not been able to play this season. C.J. Watson is recovering from the swine flu, Andris Biedrins back/groin will be re-evaluated Monday, and Ronny Turiaf knee is still rehabbing.

Hunter, 25, will be in uniform and available to play Friday. He is the first player to receive a call-up from the D-League this season.

"I've been working my whole life to get to the NBA and have a career in the NBA," Hunter said. "This is one of the steps toward doing that."

Hunter played four seasons at the University of Michigan 2002-06 before beginning his professional career in Poland and Belgium. He was signed by New York for its finale last season, but he did not play and was waived by the Knicks during the exhibition season.

"It's tough when you're that close to your dream and you get a phone call in the morning to tell you it's not going to happen," Hunter said. "It's one of those things you've got to use as motivation and continue to work."

Since teams are not allowed to offer 10-day contracts until Jan. 5, Hunter was given a non-guaranteed one-year contract. He has to be waived once the Warriors have eight healthy players from their 15-man roster.

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