Thunder claim Evans off waivers, sign to two-way deal

Former Clippers and Suns point guard Juwan Evans is headed to the Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have claimed point guard Juwan Evans off waivers, the team announced in a news release.

Evans has been signed to a two-way contract, meaning he won’t be eligible for the playoffs.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Houston Rockets reportedly intended to claim Evans after he had been waived by the Phoenix Suns over the weekend. But with a worse record than the Rockets, the Thunder were eligible to claim him first.

Evans, 22, appeared in seven games with the Suns this season. The 6-foot-0 point guard was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (No. 39 overall) in 2017. He played his college ball at Oklahoma State.

He spent the majority of this season with the Northern Arizona Suns of the G League, compiling averaged of 15.1 points and 5.8 assists in 32 games.

Evans was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers in training camp this past October. He appeared in 48 games with the Clippers last season and averaged 4.8 points and 2.1 assists.

The Rockets will likely continue to fill their two-way opening after adding swingman Danuel House to the regular roster earlier this month.

Evans will wear No. 8 and back up the likes of Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton.