Former Golden State Warriors point guard Ky Bowman has agreed to a deal with the Clippers, according to a league source confirming The Athletic’s Shams Charania’s initial report. Bowman, a former 1.85-meter Boston College star, has received a camp invitation to compete for a roster place with the team.
With the addition of Bowman, the Clippers’ roster will include 14 players (Joakim Noah has a non-guaranteed contract and may be waived ahead of the December 22 opener). In Bowman, the Clippers welcome a guard who has proven that he can be a crafty scorer on the inside, as he averaged 7.4 points and 2.7 assists last season as a rookie playing for Golden State, which forfeited him on Friday.
Bowman’s shot is a work in progress; he shot 41.7 percent of the field and 30.8 percent of the 3-point range last season, earning a spot on the injury-decimated Warriors after signing with the team that summer.
Bowman played for three seasons at Boston College, where he was teammates with Jerome Robinson, the No. 13 Clippers in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Clippers traded Robinson to Washington last season as part of the deal that 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 blonde hair goes through Kyran Bowman – saying, “BLESSED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY THANKS TO ALL THE COACHES, STAFF AND FANS THAT ME HERE WITH OPEN ARMS ALLOWED TO THE FAMILY. ”
Bowman’s Instagram bio includes the phrase, “WORK IN SILENCE,” fitting this week for a Clippers organization that kept everyone guessing about whether they’d make a big deal in the days since the free service opened.
So far, they’ve made a deal with free agent center Serge Ibaka since Friday, agreeing to give Morris Sr. and Patrick Patterson, Montrezl Harrell lost to the Lakers and JaMychal Green to the Denver Nuggets and waived Justin Patton, the center who had a non-guaranteed contract and was part of the three-team trade with Brooklyn and Detroit, bringing Clippers shooting guard Luke Kennard ashore on a draft evening.
The Clippers’ off-season wish list includes finding a primary ball handler (they would also benefit from extra depth in wing as in power forward, after losing to Green) and it looks like Bowman will get a chance to team up. with title ambitions to help fulfill that need.