GS Warriors: Lee, Bowman sign two-way contracts for upcoming season

The Golden State Warriors announced on Wednesday it signed free agent guard Damion Lee to a two-way contract for the upcoming season. (Contributed by SCW Photos)

SANTA CRUZ — The Golden State Warriors announced on Wednesday it signed free agent guards Ky Bowman and Damion Lee to two-way contracts for the upcoming season. 

Bowman and Lee are two of five players in Golden State Warriors history to sign two-way contracts, joining Chris Boucher (2017-18), Quinn Cook (2017-18) and Marcus Derrickson (2018-19).

Lee, a 6-foot, 6-inch, 210-pounder out of Louisville, appeared in 62 games over the past two seasons with the Santa Cruz Warriors, including 24 games — all starts — as a two-way player last season.

Lee scored a team-high 20.3 points on 39.8 percent from three-point range to go along with 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.33 steals in 31.5 minutes per game.

Last season with the Golden State Warriors, Lee averaged 4.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game, while hitting 39.7 percent from three-point range. 

“I’m excited to return to the Bay Area and to the Santa Cruz Warriors next season,” Bowman said. “I am focused on continuing my development and have a great year on the court. I’m excited to start my third season with the Santa Cruz Warriors this fall.”

Bowman, who was not selected as an early entry candidate in the 2019 NBA Draft, played for Golden State’s 2019 Summer League teams in Sacramento and Las Vegas. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 assists in seven games.

Bowman, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 188-pounder out of Boston College, earned Second Team All-ACC honors as a junior for the Eagles in 2018- 19, averaging 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.39 steals in 39.4 minutes over 31 games (30 starts). 

In three collegiate seasons at BC, he accrued career averages of 16.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.34 steals and 35.5 minutes in 98 games (94 starts). 

Lee was originally acquired from the Maine Red Claws in a three-team trade in August 2017.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to showcase my game in both the NBA level and the NBA G League next season,” said Bowman. “My NBA dream couldn’t have been possible without believing in my ability and I can’t wait to get to Santa Cruz this fall. I’m ready to lock in, get better every day and work with my new coaches.”

Lee averaged 15.8 points on 45.6 percent (199-of-436 FG) to go along with 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.40 steals in 29.7 minutes in 38 games (13 starts) during the 2017-18 NBA G League season. He earned a Gatorade call-up to the Atlanta Hawks in March 2018. 

Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to sign two players to two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man regular-season roster. 

Players signed to a two-way contract may accrue no more than 45 days of service with their respective NBA club (Golden State) during the regular season, spending the remainder of the season with the organization’s G League affiliate, which in this case is Santa Cruz.

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