The Golden State Warriors announced on Tuesday night, following their win over the Detroit Pistons, that they had picked up the third-year option on guard Jordan Poole. The deadline to pick up the option was midnight ET on Tuesday — had the Warriors not exercised it, Poole would have entered free agency next offseason.
Warriors exercise the third-year contract option on Jordan Poole, which is for the 2021-22 season: pic.twitter.com/05FcJltlpM— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 30, 2020
Poole, who was an excellent shooter at Michigan before being drafted in the late first round in 2019 by the Warriors, struggled with his shot as a rookie, and put up pretty awful shooting percentages. But he was extremely impressive as a playmaker and passer, and also showed some abilities on defense.
The Warriors have been playing the 21 year old 15 minutes a night this year, suggesting that they see a fair amount of value in what he brings to the court. He seems to be an eager learner, and we’ve already seen a lot of growth and development in his short career, so Golden State exercising the option shouldn’t be surprising at all.