Anthony Slater: James Wiseman has been cleared to participate in full team practices, the Warriors announce. A big step in his recovery process.
In a few weeks, Santa Cruz is an option, either for scrimmages behind closed doors or full G League games, I’m told. He could use all the low-stakes game reps he can get and those are more available in Santa Cruz, where an NBA playoff chase isn’t happening. But there’s a chance, considering their thin frontcourt and lack of a lob threat, the Warriors’ coaching staff may prefer having Wiseman as a rotation option as immediately as possible, even for a tiny role.
Even once it comes, Wiseman won’t get thrust right back into games. This will be a slow buildup. I’ve heard a full clearance is expected in the next couple of weeks. He was spotted after shootaround in Los Angeles running the court end-to-end at near-full speed under the watchful eye of Celebrini.
Is that the best way to ease Wiseman back into rhythm? Will that produce the best version of Wiseman by March? Those are the conversations that will come in the weeks ahead as he tip-toes closer. But it won’t be a back-and-forth situation, sources indicate. Wiseman won’t toggle between the big club and Santa Cruz depending on the night. There might be an extended G League rehab stint early, but once he’s back with the main club, he will be there for good.
JD Shaw: The Warriors release positive injury updates on Klay Thompson and James Wiseman: pic.twitter.com/h3N9nIqScT
“We should,” Wiseman told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole about still working out with Garnett this summer. “I’m getting better rapidly, at a high rate. I’m getting better each day because I’m taking care of myself. It should still happen. For sure. I would be super excited. KG is one of my favorite players. KG, his intensity is crazy. I most definitely would love to work out with KG. That’s one of my dreams.”
Monte Poole: Warriors rook James Wiseman, rehabbing after meniscus surgery, on chances of offseason workouts with Kevin Garnett: 'We should. I’m getting better rapidly, at a high rate. I’m getting better each day because I’m taking care of myself. It should still happen. For sure.'
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry on James Wiseman: "I hit him earlier today to let him know he has to think bigger picture. He's 20 years old. He's got a lot of basketball ahead of him. He has an opportunity now to flip a terrible situation on its head and work on his body, work on his mind."
Golden State Warriors rookie center James Wiseman will have surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee, coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. "We won't know the extent of what we're looking at until after the surgery," Kerr said, prior to the Warriors taking on the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr says James Wiseman is in LA and will have surgery tomorrow. Says he and the Warriors won't exactly know what they're looking at in terms of the recovery process until then.
James Wiseman will undergo right knee surgery later this week, either Thursday or Friday, per league sources. It’s a crucial moment for the Warriors’ near-term outlook and an early-career pivot point for the rookie center. The results of the surgery will determine the expected return timetable, which ranges from a shorter 4-6-week absence to a possible multi-month recovery that would severely limit his offseason availability.
Connor Letourneau: I can confirm the @Anthony Slater report that James Wiseman will undergo surgery later this week. The Warriors have yet to rule him out for the season, but odds are his rookie year is done.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Warriors center James Wiseman has suffered a meniscus injury in his right knee, sources tell ESPN. No timeline on a return yet.
Shams Charania: Warriors rookie James Wiseman is feared to be out for the remainder of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
The latest blow came Saturday night. James Wiseman, who was building maybe the best rhythm of his rookie season, landed awkwardly on his right knee after his dunk attempt was stuffed by Kenyon Martin Jr. Wiseman immediately grabbed at it and grimaced in pain before walking around the court, attempting to shake off the pain. Kerr called timeout. Wiseman spent the break stretching it out and jogging. He was intent on staying in the game, but just before play resumed, director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini pulled Wiseman off the court and took him to the locker room for further evaluation. He missed the rest of the game and is scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
The internal belief within the Warriors is that it’s not a major season-ending type knee injury for Wiseman. Tests will determine the extent and timetable, but there’s a low level of concern that it’s a major blow for the rookie center.
"Hopefully he doesn't miss too much time," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "It seems like when he takes a couple strides he gets dealt a little adversity, so it's kind of tough. But I don't know what the situation is. I hope he doesn't miss much time."
Anthony Slater: Official injury tags for the Warriors tomorrow at Knicks Stephen Curry: Questionable, James Wiseman: Questionable. Kevon Looney: Questionable. All three appear to be trending toward a return.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors hope James Wiseman can return from wrist injury during the upcoming road trip. "Warriors center James Wiseman, who has missed the last nine games due to a sprained left wrist suffered on January 30 vs. Detroit, was re-evaluated earlier today. The re-evaluation indicated that James is making good progress. He has returned to segments of practice and the hope is that he can possibly return to play at some point during the team's upcoming road trip."
The second overall pick has experienced no setbacks in his recovery from the injury but revealed that the team doctor wants to see some of the inflammation subside before gaining clearance to play. He has started to dribble and shoot again during the non-contact portion of practice. “(Since) it’s a sprained wrist, you don’t know if it could be one week, two weeks or three weeks,” Wiseman said on Tuesday. “I’m just following each procedure but there are no setbacks. I’m just trying to improve and get better each day. It’s most definitely getting better so I can’t wait to get back out there, which should be pretty soon.”
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said Wiseman is "doing every well." Will be re-evaluated after Texas trip, meaning Wiseman will miss at least the next three games.
Monte Poole: James Wiseman tweaked his R ankle. Not serious per Kerr, who expects him to play vs POR on Sunday.
June 28, 2022 | 1:39 pm EDT Update
James Plowright: Kupchak on why Clifford was chosen “Early on in the process we leaned towards candidates with experience… We knew defensively we needed to wrap it up a little bit… Some other “Areas” that need to be improved. Clifford brought us a long way in his 4 years”
Rod Boone: Steve Clifford said he expects to play the same kind of uptempo offensive style the #Hornets have used the past two seasons. He also knows expectations are much greater than they were previously and he’s fine with that. “The NBA is all about winning in the playoffs. That’s it.” pic.twitter.com/ekKRRGJYmk
June 28, 2022 | 1:14 pm EDT Update
Per LJ Ellis of Spurs Talk, the only player San Antonio actually wants from Atlanta is Onyeka Okongwu. Also, despite BR’s Jake Fischer reporting that the Spurs are looking for three first-rounders in a possible deal for Murray, that’s also false. Ellis notes Gregg Popovich’s squad would take no less than four unprotected first-round picks. There’s talk that the Spurs are looking to trade Murray for three first round draft picks. I’m told that is incorrect. San Antonio’s asking price for Murray is four first round draft picks with little to no protections. Alternatively, the Spurs want three minimally protected first rounders and two unprotected first round pick swaps.
Interestingly, an insider close to the situation says that the Spurs have multiple teams making a strong push for Murray besides the Hawks. One Eastern Conference team, he says, is offering three first round draft picks and a desirable young player in a proposed swap. He also stated that the Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed serious interest in Murray.
Because he was voted third-team All-NBA this season, Towns is eligible for an extension of up to four years and roughly $211 million. “I can’t wait to sit down with him and his representation ASAP and keep this thing going,” Connelly told The Athletic in a conversation not long after he was hired away from the Denver Nuggets. “He’s special and deserves everything that is going to come his way.”
“I think our goal is to win enough games to put KAT’s jersey in the rafters,” Connelly said. “He’s a guy that’s been through so much, and he’s only getting better and better. We’re going to go as far as he takes us.” With contracts this big, the only question that remains is how much more Towns has to give. Over his career, he has averaged 23.2 points and 11.3 rebounds and has a .624 true shooting percentage. But the Wolves have only made the playoffs twice in his seven seasons, and his performance against Memphis in April had highs (29 points, 13 rebounds in Game 1, 33 points, 14 boards in Game 4) and lows (eight points on four shots in Game 3, 15 points on seven shots in Game 2).