NBA Rumor: James Wiseman Injury

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What was the thought process with not adding a big entering the trade deadline, and how have you seen the team adjust toward not having a traditional center? Myers: The league is realizing that size is really important, but it’s more about positional size than size at the center spot. We didn’t have a great option available to us. Secondly, I was under the impression we would have James Wiseman. He was trending well. We thought he’d be back, ready to go and help us with that vertical space. That didn’t happen and his rehab hit a bump in the road post deadline. That put us in a tough spot, and the market was pretty dry. We had to march forward. Size still matters. But Looney’s been an unbelievable, steadfast guy that often gets overlooked. When we need to go bigger, Draymond and Looney have shown they can do it. They’re capable. They’re not 7-feet tall, but they’re versatile, switchable and very smart. We found a way. We’ll see if it keeps working and if we continue to win.

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The Warriors only have 12 games left and there had been an expectation that Wiseman — particularly in the four remaining back-to-backs — would return in time to get some valuable developmental reps before the playoffs. That possibility is becoming more unlikely. Wiseman had surgery for a torn meniscus last April. This has been a tricky 11-month recovery. Swelling slowed his progress in December and forced a second procedure, this one a scope to clean up some loose bodies.

Warriors to determine whether James Wiseman is ready for first-team action this weekend

James Wiseman returned to Santa Cruz, Calif., with his team after the game. He will review film with Seth Cooper and his staff on Friday, practice with Santa Cruz on Saturday and play in another game for them on Sunday at Chase Center. After that, the Warriors will determine whether he’s ready for a promotion and a test drive (maybe in the second unit?) with the big club.

James Wiseman to return on March 1?

Dieter Kurtenbach of the Bay Area News Group told his cohost Cyrus Saatsaz on Locked on Warriors off air of an actual target date that the team is looking at for Wiseman’s debut this season. Saatsaz mentions this on the February 18 episode of Locked On Warriors podcast around the 26 minute mark. “Dieter revealed…a source tells him that James Wiseman will be playing on March 1…before we finally see the former #2 pick on the court.”

Warriors not adding an extra center

But guess what? Green is out with a concerning disk issue and on a similarly vague recovery timeline that probably won’t see his return until near or around the All-Star break. The trade deadline is only a few weeks away. Is it time for the Warriors to go searching for center help? No, sources insist, the front office doesn’t have any current plans to add outside help to shore up the center spot in the immediate. Marc Gasol has hinted at a possible NBA return in the coming months. Paul Millsap, whom the Warriors discussed adding this summer, is in search of another team. But don’t expect a shake-up.

Whose roster spot would even be vulnerable? Not the rookies. It’s why you don’t hear about them in any trade rumors. They’re protected. Gary Payton II, the last guy on the ship, is safe. He’s been too good. Bjelica’s skill and floor spacing are valued, despite his uneven production. It’d probably be a choice among Bjelica, Damion Lee and Juan Toscano-Anderson if a roster spot needed to be vacated. But one doesn’t. This isn’t 2017 when the Warriors hoarded centers for all occasions. It’s the opposite. They’re clearly more comfortable handing 12 playoff minutes to a Lee or Toscano-Anderson, familiar and trusted within their unique system, than any traditional big available to them on the vet-minimum market.

But the Warriors pumped the brakes on clearing Wiseman for full contact and, as the next several weeks turned into a month and beyond, would only say that Wiseman was still waiting for Rick Celebrini to clear him for contact. That’s because he needed that arthroscopic surgery, which pulled him out of any strenuous activity. Wiseman has spent the past month building toward full-contact activity. It’s generally trending in the right direction. He is now back on road trips with the Warriors, doing individual work and, according to Steve Kerr, expected to be cleared for some three-on-three and eventually five-on-five work in the days and weeks ahead.

When Wiseman is cleared to return, he’ll have his playing time restricted. Odds are that, at most, he will log 10-15 minutes a night this season. As Kerr, Myers and others have stressed to Wiseman, what matters is how he looks a couple of years from now — not a couple of months. “There’s a lot of great stuff to come — not just this season, but for the next 15 years,” Kerr said. “Ultimately, this will just be a bump in the road. Still, I know he’s anxious.”

James Wiseman to play in the G League this season?

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.

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.

James Wiseman to undergo surgery this week

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.
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