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Suns sign Jawun Evans to two-way contract

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Evans was released by the Clippers and has been producing for NAZ.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns have a new point guard, at least as another stopgap option. Jawun Evans was signed by Phoenix to their second two-way contract alongside George King on Friday hours before tip against Miami.

He will be in Phoenix, and on the Suns roster, for tonight’s game against Miami.

In 14 appearances for the Northern Arizona Suns this season, Evans averaged 18.5 points, 4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.6 steals. And over his past seven games, Evans is second in the G League in scoring, which includes three straight 30-plus point performances.

Evans’ two-way contract limits him to no more than 45 days on the main roster. This indicates that Phoenix either has a deal ready to go on December 15, or they’re pushing the point guard issue back closer to February’s trade deadline.

The former Los Angeles Clipper could step right into immediate playing time with how poorly Elie Okobo and Jamal Crawford have fared over the past week. Okobo is only shooting 31.7 percent (21.4 percent on three-pointers), while Crawford stands at 25 percent (29 percent on three-pointers). Evans and De’Anthony Melton sharing the backcourt minutes until interim GM James Jones can find anyone to negotiate a trade with the Suns wouldn’t be surprising.