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Top James Wiseman News

  • Warriors' James Wiseman: Working out in G League

    Wiseman (knee) reported to the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors earlier this week to continue taking part in individual work, Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Klay Thompson (Achilles) also practiced with Santa Cruz on Tuesday, though he appears to be further along in his recovery at this stage, given that he's been cleared for full-scale 5-on-5 scrimmaging. Coach Steve Kerr acknowledged over the weekend that Wiseman has yet to reach that phase in his rehab program, making it tough to project when the second-year center might be ready to make his 2021-22 debut. Even when he returns, Wiseman may not supplant Kevon Looney as the Warriors' starting center, so it may be tough to justify stashing the 20-year-old in 12- or 14-team leagues while his return date is up in the air.

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  • Warriors' James Wiseman: Still not cleared for 5-on-5 work

    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Sunday that Wiseman (knee) hasn't yet been cleared for 5-on-5 work, Malika Andrews of reports.

    While Kerr hasn't suggested that Wiseman is dealing with a setback following April surgery on his right knee, the second-year big man may be plateauing in his recovery, given that he's been taking part in 3-on-3 work for at least two weeks without moving on to the next phase of his rehab. Golden State hasn't yet offered up a target date for Wiseman to make his 2021-22 debut, but based on where he currently stands in his rehab program, fantasy managers probably shouldn't expect him to be ready to play for at least another week.

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  • Warriors' James Wiseman: Not ready for 5-on-5 work

    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that Wiseman (knee) hasn't yet been cleared for 5-on-5, full-contact work, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    Wiseman is believed to have advanced to taking part in 3-on-3 drills, but the second-year center apparently isn't ready to move on to the next phase of his rehab from April surgery to address a meniscus tear in his right knee. Barring any setbacks in the next few days, the 20-year-old should be ready for 5-on-5 work next week. He'll likely need several practices to build up strength in the knee before the Warriors are ready to clear him for his season debut, perhaps at some point in late November or early December.

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  • Warriors' James Wiseman: Moving toward 3-on-3 work

    Wiseman (knee) is expected to progress to participating in 3-on-3 work in the coming week, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    The Warriors continue to bring last season's No. 2 overall pick along slowly, and coach Steve Kerr noted Sunday that Wiseman will not travel with the team on its upcoming road swing, which begins next Monday (Nov. 14) at Charlotte. With that in mind, Wiseman will miss at least eight more games, meaning his debut won't come until Nov. 21 (vs. Toronto) at the absolute earliest.

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  • Warriors' James Wiseman: Cleared for full practice

    Wiseman (knee) has been cleared to return to full practice.

    Wiseman has spent the start of the season recovering from April knee surgery, but his full participation in practice is a significant step in his rehab process. The Warriors haven't revealed a timetable for the 20-year-old's return to game action, but he's trending in the right direction.

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  • Warriors' James Wiseman: Full clearance weeks away

    The Warriors' training staff has targeted Friday as the date Wiseman should be able to start jumping and working out at full speed, and a "full clearance" is expected in the next couple weeks, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    While it sounds like Wiseman could get back into games as soon as early November, there's also the possibility, Slater reports, that the center could spend time in the G League in closed-door scrimmages or possibly full games. It doesn't seem too likely the center would spend a significant chunk of time in Santa Cruz, however. For as much as he struggled as a rookie, especially given his draft pedigree, Wiseman certainly figures to be a useful rotation player for the Warriors this season in some capacity. Ultimately, it seems like he'll often spend time with the bench unit this season, where he can better demonstrate his upside, and his mistakes aren't as harmful. Notably, Golden State brought in a new assistant coach, Dejan Milojevic, who is doing a lot of work to develop Wiseman into a more well-rounded player. Milojevic was a head coach in Serbia where his Mega Basket program helped produce the likes of Nikola Jokic, Ivica Zubac and Boban Marjanovic.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 7-0, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Age: 20
Class: Freshman