Jacob Evans is on the shelf with a left adductor strain, but the Warriors still believe in his future. That was evidenced on Thursday.
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Thursday morning that the Warriors are picking up Evans' third-year team option for the 2020-21 season. Golden State had until Oct. 31 to do so.
Evans was taken with the No. 28 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Warriors. He played in 30 games as a rookie and averaged just 1.3 points per game in a limited role.
Coming into this season, however, coach Steve Kerr wanted the ball in Evans' hands more to showcase his ability as a playmaker. That was on display in the Warriors' season-opening loss as Evans scored a career-high 14 points against the Clippers.
He was injured Monday in Golden State's win over the Pelicans, and is expected to be out for the next three weeks. When he returns to the floor, though, Evans could have an even bigger role now.
After Steph Curry broke his hand Wednesday night, the Warriors will need everyone to step up. That certainly includes Evans, once he's healthy.