Former Golden State Warriors point guard Ky Bowman has agreed to a deal with the Clippers, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who noted in a tweet that the 6-foot-1 former Boston College standout is expected to compete for a roster spot with the team.
With Bowman’s addition, the Clippers’s roster projects to hold 14 players (Joakim Noah is on non-guaranteed contract and could yet be waived ahead of the Dec. 22 opener). In Bowman, the Clippers welcome a guard who has proved he can be a crafty scorer inside as he averaged 7.4 points and 2.7 assists last season as a rookie playing for Golden State, which waived him Friday.
Bowman’s shot is a work in progress; he shot 41.7 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3-point range last season, when he earned a spot on the injury-decimated Warriors after signing a two-way contract with the team that summer.
Bowman played three seasons at Boston College, where he was teammates with Jerome Robinson, the Clippers’ No. 13 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Clippers traded Robinson to Washington last season as part of the deal that brought in Marcus Morris Sr.
At Boston College, Bowman averaged 16.9 points and 3.9 assists for his career.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 25, 2020
After the Warriors waived him, Bowman posted a thank you to the organization on his Instagram account — where the guard with the dyed blond hair goes by Kyran Bowman — that read: “BEEN BLESSED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY THANKS TO ALL MY BROTHERS COACHES, STAFF AND FANS WHO ALLOWED ME HERE WITH OPEN ARMS TO THE FAMILY.”
Bowman’s Instagram bio includes the phrase: “WORK IN SILENCE,” appropriate this week for a Clippers organization that’s kept everyone guessing about whether they would pull off a big deal in the days since free agency opened.
So far since Friday, they’ve agreed to a deal with free agent center Serge Ibaka, they’ve agreed to re-sign Morris Sr. and Patrick Patterson, lost Montrezl Harrell to the Lakers and JaMychal Green to the Denver Nuggets and waived Justin Patton, the center who was on a non-guaranteed contract and included in the three-team trade with Brooklyn and Detroit that landed the Clippers shooting guard Luke Kennard on draft night.
The Clippers’ offseason wish list includes finding a primary ball handler (they also would benefit from added depth at wing as at power forward, after losing Green) and it appears Bowman will get a shot to help a team with title aspirations fill that need.
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