The Warriors received a lot of bad news Wednesday night, but one of their players got the opposite.
Shortly after Steph Curry left the eventual loss to the Suns with a broken left hand, NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock cited a source in reporting that the Warriors had picked up power forward Omari Spellman's contract option for next season. The team had until Thursday to do so.
Source: Warriors have picked up Omari Spellman's 2020-21 option. Team had until Oct. 31 to do so.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) October 31, 2019
On Thursday, the Warriors made the news official.
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
The Warriors acquired Spellman from the Hawks in July in exchange for Damian Jones and a 2026 second-round draft pick. The 22-year-old has given the Warriors some much-needed size in the paint while players such as Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney have been sidelined with injuries.
Given Curry's injury, several young players on Golden State's roster are about to see a big uptick in their playing time and opportunities. Spellman certainly qualifies as one of them.
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"Where we are, we might as well throw 'em into the frying pan," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the team's young players after Wednesday's loss. "I think they're doing a great job."