Warriors make room to keep Hunter

The Golden State Warriors on Monday waived injured center Mikki Moore, thereby creating the roster room to keep rookie big man Chris Hunter.

The Warriors were granted a special exemption by the league to sign an extra player in November because of a spate of injuries that wiped out nearly half of their 15-man roster. They promptly chose Hunter out of the D-League.

But players who fill a temporary 16th roster spot cannot be playing on a guaranteed contract. With Hunter's minimum contract due to become guaranteed for the rest of the season Jan. 10, Golden State was forced to make a decision this week.

The Warriors' options were waiving Moore to keep Hunter as their 15th man or waiving Hunter and trying to re-sign him to a 10-day contract after he cleared waivers. The risk there, though, is that Hunter might have been claimed by another team before the Warriors had the chance to re-sign him.

Moore's $1.3 salary for the season was fully guaranteed, but a heel injury that required Dec. 18 surgery is expected to sideline the 34-year-old into March. Moore still hopes to sign with another team before the end of the season.

Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.