Former VCU star Briante Weber joining Golden State Warriors

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — VCU’s career steals record holder Briante Weber is getting his chance for another NBA showcase.

The former Ram is joining the Golden State Warriors on a 10-day contract.

Former VCU Ram Briante Weber came close to the NBA D-League's first ever quadruple double (19 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds, nine steals) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce against the Oklahoma City Blue on January, 31st, 2017 in Oklahoma.
Former VCU Ram Briante Weber came close to the NBA D-League’s first ever quadruple double (19 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds, nine steals) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce against the Oklahoma City Blue on January, 31st, 2017 in Oklahoma.

The Warriors (43-7) have waived veteran forward Anderson Varejao to make room for the addition of Weber to their roster.

The move comes in response to the Warriors’ absence of key backup point guard Shaun Livingston, who has missed his last two games with a back strain.

Weber has taken to Twitter to express his enthusiasm:

Miami’s Sun Sentinel reports Weber chose the Warriors over offers from the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat.

Weber currently leads the NBA Developmental League in triple doubles for the Sioux Falls Skyforce (20-11), and was named NBA D-League player of the month in January. He led Sioux Falls to a 6-5 record, averaging 21.5 points per game, 8.3 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals. Weber also had five double doubles and two triple doubles.

Weber, who graduated from VCU in 2014 and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Heat, made brief appearances for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Heat in the 2015-2016 NBA season.

Weber’s growth has been a compelling storyline for the NBA D-League. In 2014 he tore his right ACL in January during a loss to the Richmond Spiders while playing for the VCU Rams. Weber was not able to claim the NCAA all-time career record for steals, he was on pace to break it by the end of that regular season.

The Golden State Warriors next game is in Sacramento against the Kings (19-30) on Saturday, February 4th at 10:30 p.m. (ET). No word yet if Weber will be available for that game if and when the addition is officially announced by the Warriors organization.

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