Oakland native Juan Toscano-Anderson leaves Warriors, signs with Lakers

Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors during their Victory Parade on June 20, 2022.

Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors during their Victory Parade on June 20, 2022.

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LATEST, June 30, 5:05 p.m. It's official: Juan Toscano-Anderson's time with the Golden State Warriors has come to an end. On Thursday afternoon, the forward reportedly reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers. News of the agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

June 29, 4:29 p.m. East Oakland native Juan Toscano-Anderson will likely not return to the Golden State Warriors next season after the team decided against extending a qualifying offer to the forward before Wednesday’s deadline, according to a report from The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

Toscano-Anderson will officially become a free agent on Thursday at 3 p.m. and is free to join any team. Had the Warriors decided to extend a qualifying offer, it would have paid the 29-year-old $2.1 million.

As Slater noted in his tweet about the news, Toscano-Anderson (sometimes known as JTA) and Chris Chiozza, whom the Warriors also declined to extend a qualifying offer to, are “unlikely to return to the Warriors.”

As a Mexican-American whose No. 95 jersey number is a nod to his grandfather’s home in East Oakland at 95th Avenue and A Street in Elmhurst, JTA was a fan favorite among local Golden State fans who got to see someone from the area rise to a professional level while still showing local love. Though he played in more games than ever before in his career this past season, he did not find a whole lot of playing time during the Warriors’ championship run.

Still, him winning a title on the team still meant a lot to the community he grew up in, as well as in Mexico, where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador welcomed him to the presidential palace.

Toscano-Anderson is now part of the collateral damage that comes with the Warriors trying to pay notable players what they’re properly owed. This includes Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II. When you factor that in with the fact that the team wants to sign its draft picks, and the depth with which the team is in the NBA’s luxury tax, something has to inevitably fall by the wayside. The Warriors decided that the something, or rather someone, would be Toscano-Anderson.