Just when the Warriors thought Klay Thompson was ready for the 2020-21 NBA season to start, they might have received bad news about 90 minutes before the 2020 draft NBA begins.
The NBA All-Star Guard suffered a leg injury while training in southern California on Wednesday, the Warriors confirmed.
Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported on Thompson’s injury.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing sources, that Thompson injured his right leg during training.
Charania and Wojnarowski both reported that Thompson is undergoing tests to determine the severity of the injury.
Charania reported that Thompson was unable to put weight on his right leg when exiting the gym.
NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole reported the injury “looked bad” and ESPN’s Marc Spears reported it was “not good”.
If there’s good news for Thompson and the Warriors, he doesn’t appear to have re-injured his left ACL, which he tore in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Final against the Toronto Raptors last June. He missed the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from the injury.
Thompson had been cleared for full basketball activities and was attending Warriors Volunteer Minicamp earlier this off-season.
The Warriors are hoping for a relaxing season after having the worst record in the NBA (15-50) in the 2019-20 season. Those hopes depend on Thompson and Steph Curry returning after their injuries and adding the No. 2 draft pick.
However, if Thompson suffered a significant injury and had to miss a significant time, it would seriously affect the Warriors’ plans for the 2020-21 season.
With the Warriors slated to make a number 2 general standings selection on Wednesday night in the 2020 NBA draft, Thompson’s injury could result in General Bob Myers changing direction and potentially taking a different player than he planned for the day.
On a potentially significant day for the Warriors franchise, they hold their breath for good news about one of the most important players in the company’s history.