Although Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman did not play in either of the team’s two California Classic games this weekend, he is reportedly nearing a return to action. According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Wiseman took part in a five-on-five, full-contact workout on Sunday and “remains on pace for a possible summer league cameo in Las Vegas at some point.
ESPN’s Kendra Andrews quotes Warriors California Classic head coach Seth Cooper as saying that Wiseman “looked pretty good” in Sunday’s exhibition game. Wiseman, who will be the second choice in the 2020 draught, had to have surgery during his freshman year because of a damaged meniscus.
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Because of continued knee swelling, he required another surgery in the middle of December. Wiseman was ultimately forced to miss the full 2021-22 season.
In April, Slater and Shams Charania of The Athletic both reported that Wiseman had had an injection, which is “a therapeutic therapy designed to accelerate healing throughout the body.” Slater also reported that Wiseman had received the injection.
Because he hasn’t spent much time on the court, the 21-year-old player is still a little bit of a mystery. Wiseman was only able to play in a total of 39 games during his first year with the Golden State Warriors after playing in only three games during his lone season with Memphis. Prior to that, he was widely regarded as the best prospect in the 2019 recruiting class.
Despite this, the Warriors see Wiseman as an essential component of their youthful core because of his ability to become a powerful rim protector and a dominant rebounder in the future. According to Slater and Charania, it seems likely that the team will take him up on his fourth-year option.
If Wiseman is able to participate in the summer league in Las Vegas, he will be joining a promising group of players that includes Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, and 2022 first-round pick Patrick Baldwin Jr. If Wiseman is able to play, he will join the group.