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The Golden State Warriors converted Anthony Lamb’s training camp deal into a two-way contract after the team’s preseason finale against the Denver Nuggets on Friday. On Sunday, general manager Bob Myers addressed a controversy from the third-year forward’s past.

In 2021, allegations of sexual assault and rape by University of Vermont men’s basketball players — including Lamb — emerged online, who was with the Houston Rockets when the allegations were made.

No criminal charges were filed against Lamb, and a league source has told The Chronicle that the NBA investigated the case and “found nothing” that specifically implicated Lamb.

Myers said the Warriors investigated the allegations made against Lamb with both the league and the two teams that had signed him previously, the Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs, and found nothing. Myers also made it clear that if Lamb were involved in an ongoing criminal investigation, the team would not have moved forward with signing him.

“It’s tough because we take that very seriously,” Myers said. “But at the same time it’s difficult because if somebody is accused of something but not charged or convicted, and we then deny them an opportunity, is that fair too? But again, that’s something we take very seriously. But we can only at times look at what the law has done and also follow the leadership of the NBA. If the NBA had said this is not something we’d recommend or do, or there’s an ongoing investigation, we would not have moved forward. They have more information than we do in this situation and we had to lean on that. We had to lean on the prior teams that signed him. Our general counsel looked into it himself.”

Lamb, 24, signed a two-way deal with the Rockets in 2020-21 after averaging 18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, earning the G League’s Most Improved Player award. He averaged 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 23 games with Houston.

Lamb signed a ten-day contract with the Spurs last season under the COVID-19 hardship exception, but spent most of the year with the Vipers, where he won a G League title and earned All-NBA G League third team honors. He appeared in three preseason games for the Warriors before signing his two-way deal.

C.J. Holmes covers the Warriors for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email:
Twitter: @CjHolmes22

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