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Eagles in the NBA: Jerome Robinson Heads East, but Ky Bowman Locks in His Future in California

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It’s the NBA trade deadline today, and some Eagle Alumni made the news in two very different ways.

First:

Jerome Robinson is headed to Washington, DC to join the Wizards in a three-team trade that sends Marcus Morris and Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers (the Knicks get Maurice Harkless and some picks).

Robinson has averaged just 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10 minutes a game during his two years in Los Angeles. He’s really only gotten playing time in blowouts and when injuries have opened up some minutes on the court. And while that’s not what Jerry West and Doc Rivers wanted from the 13th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, he’s shown glimpses of what made him a First Team All-ACC player for BC. A change of scenery should do him well, and I still believe he can be a solid rotation player in the NBA.

Second:

In more fun news, Ky Bowman has reportedly locked down a multi-year contract with the Golden State Warriors. After leaving school early and opting to become an undrafted free agent (Ky reportedly turned down chances to get picked at the end of the second round), betting on himself pays off. We’ll update this when we find out more contract details.

Part of this is the completion of the Warriors’ long speculated trade of D’Angelo Russell to the Timberwolves (among other trades Bob Myers has made, which resulted in shipping out 5 players and getting back just one), which opened up a roster spot for Bowman. In fact, Ky hasn’t played since January 18th because he had run out of NBA days on his two-way contract.

But Ky has also earned this contract. In 37 games with Golden State, including 10 starts, Bowman is averaging 22.4 minutes, 7.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 34.4% from beyond the arc. That’s some quality bench play from a UDFA, and I would expect that he’ll get even more time now than he did earlier in the year.