Warriors Pick Up Options On Jordan Poole, James Wiseman

The Warriors have exercised the fourth-year option on shooting guard Jordan Poole and third-year option on center James Wiseman, the team announced in a press release.Jordan Poole

Poole, 22, is 6-foot-4 and averaging a career-high 14.0 points through the first five games. 

“Originally selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, the Michigan product has appeared in 113 career games (26 starts), averaging 10.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 21.2 minutes per contest,” per the release.

Wiseman, 20, is 7-0 and was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in 2020. He appeared in 39 games as a rookie, averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. He has yet to play this season because of injury.

“Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option,” the Warriors explained in the release.

Poole has hit a bit of a slump, but has received words of encouragement from star guard Steph Curry.

“Always having a lot of conversations, a lot of feedback back and forth on what it means to be consistent every night,” Curry told reporters. “For him, he wants it really bad. He wants to be great in this league. You can see it.

“But it takes time, and for him, it’s understanding that you don’t have to press every night, especially when you’re on other teams’ scouting reports and they are going to try to take you away from your patterns and sweet spots.

“And especially when he’s out there with the second unit. He’s the featured guy so he’s going to see a lot more attention.

“It’s just about not forcing anything and understanding that the game is going to come because he is super talented and has all the skill set in the world to put the ball in the basket, play make. He sees the court really well. You just can’t press.

“Usually that starts between the ears and just having a vision with what you are trying to do every night, not worrying about the end result like it has to be a certain stat line. It’s just you know you play well and you impact the game and he’ll figure that out.”

The Warriors (4-1) are set to host the Thunder on Saturday.

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