On Thursday the Golden State Warriors announced that they assigned undrafted rookie point guard Ky Bowman to the G League. Rather than join Golden State for Friday night’s game against the Utah Jazz, Bowman will suit up for their affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Santa Cruz hosts the Agua Caliente Clippers ($10 if you can guess what team they’re affiliated with) on Friday night.
@KyranBowman will be making his Santa Cruz Warriors debut TOMORROW for #StarWars Night! You don't want to miss out!— Santa Cruz Warriors (@GLeagueWarriors) December 12, 2019
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Warriors' two-way guard Ky Bowman has been assigned to the G League and will play in Santa Cruz on Friday, rather than travel with Golden State to Salt Lake City. Move is aimed at maintaining his days of NBA eligibility.— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) December 12, 2019
The move is purely based on Bowman’s service time. Bowman signed a two-way contract with the Warriors, meaning he can spend only 45 days with Golden State. Those days do not include travel days, or days when the G League is out of season.
Golden State’s plan with Bowman was to develop him in Santa Cruz, while having him serve as an emergency point guard in case things went wrong. But things went wrong quicker than expected when Steph Curry suffered a severe hand fracture in just the fourth game of the season. That, combined with a plethora of other injuries (including to point guard D’Angelo Russell) forced Bowman into action.
As a result, Bowman has been eating up his 45 days, and is scheduled to run out sometime in early January.
With Russell, Damion Lee, and Jacob Evans III returning from injuries, Golden State finally has a little bit of guard depth, and Bowman’s presence isn’t vital.
So while he’s proven deserving of playing time with the Warriors, he’ll go hone his skills in Santa Cruz, while keeping some service days in tact.