Warriors HC Steve Kerr Provides Injury Updates on Klay Thompson, James Wiseman

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 12: Klay Thompson attends the Premiere of Warner Bros "Space Jam: A New Legacy" at Regal LA Live on July 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Klay Thompson is on the court and running but not close to returning to full basketball activities as he recovers from a torn Achilles. 

"Not full contact yet. But starting to really get movement on the court," Kerr told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "He’s still aways away from actually playing basketball in a 5-on-5 setting. But there’s a big step with the Achilles when you can actually start running again. It’s a huge psychological boost. The rest of the body gets going, you start feeling the soreness and aches and pains that actually feel good when you’ve been out for a while. He’s at that point."

Kerr added that center James Wiseman is on schedule to be available by the beginning of training camp. Wiseman was limited to 39 games last season and underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in April.

Thompson's return is the more pressing issue and the one far more likely to stretch into the 2021-22 season. He suffered the Achilles tendon injury in November while already recovering from a torn ACL; it would be a surprise if he were on the floor for the Warriors opening night of next season.

"I don't know if it'll be the start of the year. ... I don't know if that's realistic. What we're focused on is when we can expect Klay to be Klay. I don't know if that'll be January or February. We don't know," Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters in May.

Wiseman's injury status may have heightened importance this summer if the team explores trading the 2020 No. 2 overall pick. The Memphis product struggled with on-court fit and performance last season, but it's likely the Warriors will only move on if they find a two-way wing available via trade.