Ex-Warriors Evans, Spellman to reunite in G League bubble

Warriors' Omari Spellman, Jacob Evans

Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman just can’t seem to get away from one another.

The former Warriors have been linked throughout their careers and will be reuniting soon. The Erie BayHawks announced Tuesday that they have acquired Evans and Spellman heading into the upcoming G League bubble.

Evans and Spellman were traded with one another to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Andrew Wiggins-D’Angelo Russell swap last season. Their inclusion in the deal was essentially a salary dump for the Warriors and also helped the franchise avoid paying higher penalties for being a repeat offender of crossing the league’s luxury tax threshold.

The duo was then shipped to the New York Knicks in November, and both players have since been waived. The G League has served as a nice proving ground for players like Evans and Spellman trying to get back on an NBA roster.

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Evans, 23, never panned out after the Warriors drafted him with the No. 28 overall pick in 2018. Spellman, 23, averaged 18.1 minutes in 49 games for the injury-depleted Dubs last season before eventually falling out of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation. 

Eighteen teams will take part in February’s G League bubble in Orlando, Fla., but specific dates are yet to be released. Golden State is planning to send 2020 second-round pick Nico Mannion along with Jordan Poole and Alen Smailagic to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

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