While some Golden State Warriors observers think the franchise would do well by trading its first round draft pick from this year, center James Wiseman, a more important factor for the No. 2 overall choice could be his health.
His rookie campaign ended early with a meniscus tear in his knee, and the severity of the injury indicated he could miss Warriors training camp. But general manager Bob Myers says the front office thinks Wiseman will be healthy by that time. (Myers also said Golden State doesn’t plan to trade Wiseman.)
Myers said [Wiseman] should be ready for training camp after rehabbing his knee injury this summer.
“We really hope and think that he’ll be available for that,” Myers said.Anthony Slater/The Athletic
That’s fantastic news for the Warriors, though it’s still likely that Wiseman will miss individual training while he rehabs his injury. And while Myers said the team doesn’t plan to trade Wiseman, the right deal could come around. In either event, it’s critical that Wiseman is ready sooner than later.
He flashed enormous potential but he battled injuries and health protocols, and the Warriors actually played better with him on the bench. If he’s indeed at training camp, it will be a crucial time to mesh with superstar guard Stephen Curry so Wiseman can help the team win as he develops.
(Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)