Warriors’ James Wiseman Could Return Before Thanksgiving

Warriors center James Wiseman has yet to play this season, but a return could be near.James Wiseman

Per Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area, Wiseman could play as soon as Thanksgiving week. He has not played since undergoing surgery on April 15 to repair a right meniscal tear.

Wiseman was inconsistent as a rookie before suffering the injury April 10 vs. the Rockets, missing the season’s final 19 games. Before that, he averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 39 appearances.

Wiseman, 20, was the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Memphis in 2020. The Warriors have no need to rush him into a return, opined Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The Warriors have shown they’re good enough to let Wiseman develop his skills on a proper timetable,” Jenkins wrote. “It’s terribly fashionable to dwell upon his limitations during a truncated rookie season, but I’m thinking we’ll be pleasantly surprised when we rediscover what a special athlete he is.”

The Warriors recently exercised the third-year option on Wiseman’s contract.

The Wiseman news came a day after an ESPN report that start shooting guard Klay Thompson could return before Christmas.

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