Jacob Evans is on the shelf with a left adductor strain, but the Warriors still believe in his future. That was evidenced Thursday.
The Warriors picked up Evans' $2.017 million contract option for the 2020-21 season. The team had until Thursday to do so.
The Warriors have exercised the third-year contract options on guard Jacob Evans III and forward Omari Spellman, which are for the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/CKZoGsjm5H— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 31, 2019
Evans, the No. 28 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, played in 30 games as a rookie, and averaged just 1.3 points per game in a limited role. Coming into this season, however, Warriors 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.
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Evans was injured Monday during the Warriors' win over the Pelicans, and is expected to be out for the next three weeks. When he returns to the floor, though, he 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.