Coach Steve Kerr and the entire organization must be relieved. This could have been much worse.
But as it is, rookie center James Wiseman sprained his left wrist in Golden State’s win against the Pistons on Saturday night, according to the Warriors’ official Twitter account. He’ll be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.
Here’s the play. It’s an attempted lob dunk on a pass from Draymond Green. Like I said, this could have been much worse. Remember, Stephen Curry broke his wrist last year. Curry broke his off-hand wrist, thankfully. Wiseman’s injury is to his strong-hand, however. Here’s the clip per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
This will naturally test the Warriors’ depth at center. Kevon Looney is primed to take Wiseman’s place, considering he already replaced the rookie in the starting lineup. With Marquese Chriss out for the year, small-ball center Eric Pashchall could potentially carry some of the load. But other than that, the options seem limited.
Here’s some more break down from Slater.
Wider scope, this resurfaces the question about whether the Warriors need to sign another center. Chriss can essentially be ruled out for the season. Second-year player Alen Smailagić doesn’t appear ready for any type of stretch five role yet. Looney’s sustained health is always an under-the-surface topic.The Athletic
Could Golden State seek out an additional center? Slater mentions veterans Dewayne Dedmon, Thon Maker and JaVale McGee as possibilities. He also notes that if the Warriors sign a player, Myers will need to cut a current player, possibly even Mychal Mulder or Smailagić.
If the McGee becomes and option, Warriors should pounce. But hopefully they don’t have to make that choice before seeing what Looney and the rest of the roster can do. Ideally, they can hold it down until Wiseman gets back. They’ll have their first chance on Tuesday night against the Celtics.
BONUS info: Here’s what Curry said about the situation, per Wes Goldberg of The East Bay Times.
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