The Warriors have taken the cautious approach with the rehab of 2020 No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman, but the young center now has a targeted date for his return.
According to a report from Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Wiseman received a plasma injection in London and is nearing clearance for full contact, adding “optimism” around a return during the upcoming Summer League.
Following plasma injection treatment in London, Warriors center James Wiseman is nearing clearance for full contact, and there’s optimism he could return to action in Summer League, per sources.
Story with @anthonyVslater: https://t.co/uBbeV06hTh
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 13, 2022
The report comes as the Warriors are in pursuit of their fourth NBA title in eight seasons as they meet the Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals.
Golden State sorely misses the interior presence of Wiseman, who last played in an NBA game in April of 2021. Here is the latest on Wiseman’s injury.
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What is James Wiseman’s injury?
James Wiseman suffered a torn right meniscus in April of 2021. After undergoing surgery on his knee in April, Wiseman underwent an arthroscopic procedure in December of 2021.
Wiseman, who has not suited up for Golden State in the 2021-22 season, has been listed as out with “right knee injury management” throughout the Warriors’ playoff run.
James Wiseman injury timeline
April 10, 2021: Wiseman suffers a torn right meniscus in a game against the Rockets.
April 15, 2021: The Warriors announce that Wiseman underwent successful surgery to repair his torn meniscus, with the expectation that he would return for the 2021-22 NBA season
Warriors center James Wiseman underwent successful surgery today to repair a right meniscal tear: pic.twitter.com/ncZO49Iwdv
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 15, 2021
Sept. 20, 2021: The Warriors announce that Wiseman “made good progress during his rehabilitation” during the offseason, but had yet to be cleared to fully practice.
Nov. 1, 2021: Wiseman is cleared to participate fully in practices but the Warriors do not provide a timetable for his return to game action.
Nov. 28, 2021: Klay Thompson and Wiseman are assigned to the team’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for the first of two times (Dec. 11).
Dec. 15, 2021: The Warriors recall both Thompson and Wiseman from Santa Cruz.
Jan. 13, 2022: Slater reports Wiseman underwent arthroscopic surgery in mid-December to relieve swelling.
Feb. 25, 2022: While Thompson had made his return to action with Golden State, Wiseman had yet to make his season debut. Wiseman alone is assigned to Santa Cruz for one day.
March 8, 2022: Wiseman is cleared to progress to the next step of his rehabilitation, which is playing in G League games with Santa Cruz.
March 10, 2022: Wiseman is assigned to Santa Cruz, where he finished with 18 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of action against the Stockton Kings.
Wiseman would go on to appear in three games with Santa Cruz, posting averages of 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds on 52.4 percent shooting.
March 16, 2022: Wiseman is recalled to Golden State after his three-game G League stint.
March 25, 2022: The Warriors announce that Wiseman has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA Season, including the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
James Wiseman, who has missed the first 73 games of the 2021-22 season after undergoing surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee, will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, including the 2022 NBA Playoffs. pic.twitter.com/ebv6ILitHy
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 25, 2022
June 13, 2022: Ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Charania and Slater report that in April, Wiseman underwent an orthobiologic injection during a multiday trip to London with general manager Bob Myers, with the ultimate goal of the 21-year-old returning for Summer League.
When is the NBA Summer League in 2022?
If Wiseman were to take the floor during the summer league, fans could see him in action not long after the NBA Finals come to an end.
The Warriors will host the 2022 California Classic Summer League, which will be held on July 2 and 3. Golden State will then go on to participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which runs from July 7 to 17.
California Classic Summer League
- Dates: July 2-3
- Location: Chase Center, San Francisco
- Games: Warriors vs. Kings (July 2, 7:30 p.m. ET), Warriors vs. Lakers (July 3, 7:30 p.m. ET)
- TV: TBD
NBA 2K23 Summer League
- Dates: July 7-17
- Location: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
- Games: TBD
- TV: ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNU, NBA TV
James Wiseman career stats
James Wiseman appeared in 39 games (27 starts) as a rookie in the 2020-21 season, making his presence felt at times. Wiseman scored a career-high 25 points in a win over the Timberwolves on Jan. 27, 2021.
- 11.5 points per game
- 5.8 rebounds per game
- 0.9 blocks per game
- 21.4 minutes per game
- 51.9 percent field goals
- 31.6 percent 3-point field goals