NBA rumors: Klay Thompson, James Wiseman hit important step in return from injury

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James Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has yet to suit up this season due to a knee injury but could be back as soon as Thanksgiving week, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole. Klay Thompson, who has missed the past two seasons with a pair of leg injuries, is also waiting in the wings.
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.

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“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.”
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.
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."
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.
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Ergin Ataman: “Like Messi’s transfer to France, like Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to different teams. We are doing everything we can to prevent this from happening. Our relations with Larkin as a club are very good. I think he likes the club and Istanbul very much, but ultimately the decision will be made by the player himself. As for Vasilije Micic’s situation, I think his contract has an NBA exit until July 20. Micic can’t play for any other club in Europe for 3 years, we signed the contract last season. He might consider it if he gets a big offer from the NBA. I think Micic enjoyed playing in Europe. The time will tell. Frankly, I think Micic will continue with us. I think he will be with us next season as well. There is not much we can do about it. I mean, he has a very good contract, but if there is a big offer from the NBA, we will try to fill his place. We want to continue with both players.”
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Ergin Ataman was a guest on Turkish television and, among other things, he talked about whether Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic will continue with the team, the potential addition of Will Clyburn, as well as if this Efes squad could be considered the best in Euroleague history. “Shane Larkin is very happy here. Larkin reached the peak of his career in Anadolu Efes, becoming one of the 2 to 3 best players in Europe, sometimes even the best. He broke the record in Europe. Won two championships in a row. The family atmosphere in Anadolu Efes must have affected him as well, but after all, he is a professional. Of course, there are serious offers for him. After all, free agents in Europe are clear today. Of course, we really want Larkin to continue with us. Let’s hope this will work out in a positive way, but if it doesn’t, there may be some flash transfers as a result,” he said and compared it to stellar transfers in soccer.
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