The Golden State Warriors added some wing depth by drafting Jacob Evans. What does his contract look like, and how long can he expect to be with the team?
The Golden State Warriors’ lack of depth on the wing was exposed in the postseason last year when they were forced to play Nick Young a significant amount of minutes after Andre Iguodala and Patrick McCaw went down with injuries.
The Warriors hope they’ve helped that problem by selecting Jacob Evans with the 28th overall pick in this year’s draft.
In addition to being an outstanding defensive prospect (1.3 steals and 1 block per game last season at Cincinnati), Evans also flashed the ability to be a reliable outside shooter by hitting 37.7% of his threes on 4.4 attempts per night.
Evans also has the potential to play right away after being a productive player during his three-year college career.
Addressing that need in the draft is a much cheaper option than attempting to sign a veteran free agent wing to fill that role.
Evans is on a two-year contract worth $3.57 million, but the Warriors have a couple of team options during that deal that could keep him on his rookie contract through the 2021-22 season.
If Evans can become a solid contributor during his rookie contract, that would be an incredibly valuable asset. Golden State desperately needs to consistently hit on their draft picks in order to keep their luxury tax manageable while paying four All-Stars.
Three-and-D wings are hard to find these days, and the Warriors may have found one at a solid value in the draft.
Here’s our analysis of the other Warriors contract situations:
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