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The Golden State Warriors have acquired second-year power forward Omari Spellman from the Atlanta Hawks, the teams announced Wednesday.
In return, the Hawks received center/forward Damian Jones and a 2026 second-round pick from the Warriors.
Spellman was the final pick of the first round in 2018, appearing in 46 games with the Hawks as a rookie and averaging 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Perhaps more importantly to the Warriors, he showed an ability to knock down 3-pointers.
Jones is also a former No. 30 overall pick (2016), and he averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 boards before being sidelined with a torn pectoral 24 games into the season.
Spellman should help in an evolving Warriors frontcourt that added Willie Cauley-Stein in free agency. Lost were Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), DeMarcus Cousins (Los Angeles Lakers), Andre Iguodala (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jordan Bell (Minnesota Timberwolves).
“The financial aspect of the deal is important for the Warriors, who are facing a $138.9MM hard cap,” Luke Adams of HoopsRumors wrote. “Spellman will earn about $1.9MM this season, while Jones is set to make $2.31MM.
“That difference may appear modest, but Golden State doesn’t have a whole lot of wiggle room, so the added flexibility will help the team fill out its roster.”