Klay Thompson is moving ever-closer to returning to the Golden State Warriors and finally getting back on the court, an insider shares.
After losing two consecutive seasons to major injuries, the All-Star guard has been working his way back from an Achilles tear and now appears to be on track to join his teammates at training camp. While Thompson still could miss the start of the season and may need several more months before returning to full strength, the update is a positive one for a player itching to come back.
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Thompson Working His Way Back
As Wes Goldberg of the Mercury News reported, Thompson’s rehab for his torn Achilles tendon is right on schedule and has come without any hitches. If it can stay on the same track, Thompson should be able to get back on the court with his teammates before too long, he added.
“There haven’t been any setbacks in his recovery, according to league sources, and the Warriors expect that he will be a participant in training camp,” Goldberg wrote.
The positive update comes just a few weeks after the team had put a damper on the idea that Thompson will be ready for opening night. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said that it was too early to know for sure whether the All-Star guard would be ready for tipoff next season, and added that it could take most of the season for him to get fully back to form.
“The good news for the Warriors is that these injuries haven’t appeared to affect Thompson’s 3-point shot. Earlier in the season, Thompson was filmed shooting at the practice facility in Chase Center, and his stroke looked as pure as ever,” he wrote.
Warriors Build Around Curry, Thompson
With Thompson’s expected return next season, the Warriors are hoping to jump back into title contention. Insiders believe that Golden State could be looking to make some key acquisitions to improve around the Splash Brothers, including some who see them as major contender to land All-Star guard Bradley Beal.
Longtime Warriors insidersuggested that the team will be looking to add some veteran players who can offer another scoring option behind Curry and Thompson while also bringing a strong defensive presence. Ultimately, he believes that Golden State will look for players that complement the roster’s existing strengths.
“They don’t necessarily need a legendary spot-up shooter who fits perfectly with [Curry and Draymond Green], because they have Klay Thompson coming back from two years of injuries,” Kawakami wrote. “They don’t really need a versatile two-way starting small forward, because they have Andrew Wiggins.”