Latest On James Wiseman’s Recovery

The Warriors and James Wiseman are optimistic that the former No. 2 overall pick will be able to play in next month’s Summer League, according to Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Wiseman suffered a torn right meniscus last April and had the injury surgically repaired, then had a second, more minor surgery in December to address persistent swelling in the same knee. He was officially ruled out for the 2021/22 season in late March.

According to Charania and Slater, Wiseman took a multi-day trip to London with Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers in April, and underwent an orthobiologic, plasma-rich injection there to help promote healing in his knee. Since then, he has gradually increased his on-court activity and has begun sprinting without pain. Sources tell The Athletic that Wiseman is getting close to being cleared for full-contact workouts.

A final decision on Wiseman’s availability for Summer League – both the California Classic on July 2-3 and the Las Vegas event from July 7-17 – is expected to be made within the next couple weeks, per The Athletic’s duo. Wiseman stated in early May that his goal was to be available to suit up for Summer League games.

Although Wiseman has only played 39 total games in his first two NBA seasons and the Warriors are back in the NBA Finals without him, the 21-year-old center remains an important part of the franchise’s long-term plans, according to Charania and Slater. He’s under contract for 2022/23 and the team is expected to pick up his $12.1MM option for 2023/24 this fall.

Still, as The Athletic’s writers note, the Warriors could face some difficult roster decisions soon, with starting center Kevon Looney headed for unrestricted free agency this offseason. Two years ago, Golden State might have envisioned handing the starting job to Wiseman at this point, but given his relative lack of NBA reps, that seems unlikely to happen quite yet, meaning the team may feel more pressure to retain Looney.

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