Warriors exercise third-year option on Damian Jones
The Golden State Warriors have already decided on the future of their young center, Damian Jones. The team announced that they will pick up his third-year option, which will keep him in their fold at least until next season, according to their official release.
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— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 31, 2017
Jones was the 30th overall pick in last year’s draft, and received multiple assignments to their G-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, to gain experience which can help him in his professional career. He was then able to appear in the NBA for 10 games, averaging 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game.
The 7-foot big man also saw action in the playoffs for four games during the Dubs’ championship-winning run. Once the Warriors feel that he is ready to be a regular part of their rotation, he is expected to receive a call-up from the G-League, and should be able to suit up for them immediately barring any setbacks.
It is also worth noting that the Warriors elected to pick up Jones’ option and not Kevon Looney’s, which is a move that will save them $1 million. Looney will become a free agent in the summer, and should generate some interest from other teams looking for a big man who can run the floor well and provide a lot of energy off the bench.
Jones is seen as a project for the Warriors, and could take on a larger role within the team next season, depending on his development.