Smailagic (knee) posted 19 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds and one block across 17 minutes for the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors in Wednesday's 111-108 win over Canton.
After battling knee soreness throughout training camp and then requiring a minor procedure in early January to address a torn meniscus, Smailagic was finally cleared this week to make his first appearance at either the NBA or G League level. Although his minutes were limited, the 2019 second-round pick impressed with his efficiency to finish third on the team in scoring. He'll likely remain with Santa Cruz through the duration of its stay in the G League bubble in Orlando before likely rejoining the NBA team in mid-March, shortly after the All-Star break.
Golden State head coach Steve Kerr announced Jan. 25 that Smailagic (knee) would report to the G League bubble in Orlando later this month to play for the organization's affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, Marcus White of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Smailagic has yet to play for the NBA club this season after he was bothered in training camp by right knee soreness that was later diagnosed as a torn meniscus. He underwent a minor surgical procedure in early January to address the matter and since returned to practice, though the extent of his activity isn't clear. In any case, the organization's decision to send Smailagic to the G League bubble implies that he's expected to play at some point during Santa Cruz's 12-to-15-game slate. The Warriors will also send second-year guard Jordan Poole and rookie two-way guard Nico Mannion to Orlando.
Smailagic (knee) had surgery Monday in San Francisco to repair a right meniscal tear, Wes Goldberg of The San Jose Mercury News reports. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Smailagic had been sidelined since the preseason with what had been labeled as knee soreness, but after the big man made limited progress in his recovery, doctors determined that surgery would be necessary to address his injury. The Warriors will check back in on Smailagic in a month, but even if he's cleared to resume basketball activities at that time, he'll likely need a week or more to regain conditioning before the team is comfortable using him in a game.
Smailagic (knee) will be out for "weeks" with a torn right meniscus, Marcus White of NBC Sports reports.
The forward will undergo surgery soon with hopes to return to the court in late January or early February. He wasn't expected to be in the rotation this season, so his absence thus far hasn't made much of an impact on coach Steve Kerr's rotation.
Smailagic (knee) is out Friday against the Trail Blazers.
It's not clear when Smailagic will be able to take the floor for the Warriors. He remains day-to-day.
Smailagic (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Chicago.
Smailagic will be sidelined for the third straight game to begin the season as he continues to deal with a sore right knee. The 20-year-old is expected to have a minor role for the Warriors once healthy.
Smailagic (knee) is out for Friday's game against the Bucks.
Right knee soreness will keep Smailagic out for a second straight game. Even once he's healthy, his role with the Warriors will be relatively small.
Smailagic (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's season opener against the Nets,
The 20-year-old won't be available for the season opener after missing the final two exhibition games with the knee injury. Smailagic's next chance to take the court will be Friday in Milwaukee.
Smailagic (knee) is out Thursday against the Kings, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Smailagic missed Tuesday's preseason game and will sit out Thursday's finale as well. It's unclear if he'll be available for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Nets.
Smailagic (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game at Sacramento, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Smailagic is dealing with a sore right knee and won't be available for Tuesday's contest. The 20-year-old's next chance to take the court will be Thursday's preseason finale versus the Kings.
Smailagic (knee) is considered questionable for Tuesday's preseason game against Sacramento, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle
Smailagic is apparently nursing a sore right knee, so if he's cleared to play it's possible he could be limited.
Smailagic (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Thursday's game versus the Nets.
Smailagic will be sidelined for the third straight contest due to the right quad contusion. The 29-year-old hasn't seen consistent NBA action this season while moving back-and-forth from the G League, so his absence is unlikely to significantly impact Golden State's rotations.
Smailagic (quadriceps) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.
Smailagic will miss his second straight game due to the bruised right quad. The rookie hasn't been a consistent member of coach Steve Kerr's rotation this season anyway, so his absence shouldn't have much of an impact on how the minutes are doled out in the frontcourt.
Smailagic will miss Saturday's game against the 76ers due to a quadriceps contusion.
Smailagic apparently picked up the quadriceps issue at some point during practice this past week. Considering he's appeared in just 9.9 minutes across 14 games this season, Smailagic's absence won't likely have too much bearing on the Warriors' lineups.
Smailagic was recalled from the G League on Wednesday.
Smailagic hasn't played in any of the Warriors' past five games. However, he may get a chance to take the court Thursday against the Raptors.
Smailagic was assigned to the G League on Monday.
The 19-year-old is presumably returning to Santa Cruz in order to get extended in-game reps. He's held a minor rotational role over the past two weeks and will likely rejoin the Warriors later in the week.
Smailagic was recalled from the G League on Sunday.
The 19-year-old was assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League on Saturday but makes a quick return to the NBA with Draymond Green (hip) sidelined and Marquese Chriss (calf) questionable Sunday. Smailagic has seen game action in each of the last four games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9.5 minutes.
Smailagic was sent to the G League on Saturday, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Smailagic has appeared in Golden State's past four games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9.5 minutes. However, the organization will opt to get him some more run in the G League, where he's averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block across 26.3 minutes.
Smailagic was recalled from the G League on Thursday, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Smailagic hasn't appeared in a game for the parent club since Jan. 14, but he should be in line for more playing time during his upcoming stint with Golden State. He's averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds over nine contests this season.
Smailagic was assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday.
Smailagic has played in four of the last five games for Golden State, but he'll get more run in the G League. He's averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds over nine NBA games this year.
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