Steve Kerr assumes Justinian Jessup will not join Warriors this season

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Kerr assumes Jessup will not sign with Warriors this season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Justinian Jessup had another good game Thursday in Australia's National Basketball League.

The No. 51 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft scored 21 points (9-for-16 from the field, 3-for-6 on 3s) and grabbed four rebounds in The Hawks' loss to South East Melbourne Phoenix.

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"He's an exciting prospect, especially considering we got him late in the second round," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks" show. "You see the impact that shooters have around the league, especially guys with size.

"We'll see about Jessup. We'll see whether he comes over this year or next year. My assumption is next year would be when he would come back."

The Warriors have two open roster sports, and president of basketball operations Bob Myers last week acknowledged that signing Jessup for the remainder of the season is an option.

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But Golden State in all likelihood will wait until next season to make a determination on Jessup's future. It's safe to assume that at the very least, the 6-foot-7 lefty will earn a two-way contract.

"The shooting stroke -- combined with the size -- and now having a year of professional basketball under his belt, it's all really impressive," Kerr said. "I've watched him on tape. I haven't seen him live.

"But he's got a beautiful stroke, and I really like the fact he's a pretty big guy."

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