James Wiseman Cleared For Full Practices

Warriors center James Wiseman, who is recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee, has been cleared to participate in full team practices, the club announced today (via Twitter).

It’s an encouraging step for the Warriors and for Wiseman, who may also spend some time practicing and playing with the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz before he returns to action for Golden State.

According to head coach Steve Kerr, Wiseman participated in every part of the club’s practice today except for the live scrimmage (Twitter link via Kendra Andrews of NBC Sports Bay Area). Kerr told reporters he isn’t sure when Wiseman will participate in full scrimmages.

Wiseman sustained his knee injury in April and missed the last 19 games of his rookie year. Before going down, he averaged 11.5 PPG and 5.8 RPG in 39 games (21.4 MPG).

Golden State decided to throw Wiseman into the deep end in his first NBA season, having him start 27 games in the middle. While Wiseman’s development will remain a priority in 2021/22, the Warriors are probably less likely to ask the young center to play a key rotation role until he shows he’s capable of being a consistent positive contributor to a playoff roster.

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