No fan of the Golden State Warriors can be unhappy about how the last season ended.
There is no better outcome than winning the NBA Finals, after all.
However, there was something missing from that huge, incredible victory: James Wiseman.
Wiseman didn’t play a single game in the season due to injury and rehabilitation.
But it sounds like he’s well on his way to coming back.
Wiseman scrimmaged five-on-five during the NBA Summer League the other day.
He is also undergoing light work and alternating between heavy and light days.
Summer league Warriors updates
-James Wiseman scrimmaged 5-on-5 yesterday. Light work today. Warriors alternating heavy, light days. Responding well. Still on track to appear at some point in Vegas.
-Jonathan Kuminga joined the team in Vegas today. Practiced. Debut TBD.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 6, 2022
Insiders say that Wiseman is responding well and on track to appear at some point during the Summer League games.
That means he’s close to coming back to the league – which could greatly improve Golden State’s upcoming season.
Waiting For Wiseman
The five-on-five playing for Wiseman is a great sign for the 21-year-old after missing his entire second season due to a torn meniscus.
He told NBC Sports that he had a great time getting onto the court again, saying, “Today felt great. I feel good out there with the guys and just everything about it. I’m speechless. I feel good just playing again.”
Wiseman was supposed to return to the game during last season but his rehabilitation took a step back and spent some time in the G League trying to get in a playable state.
Wiseman is a center and would probably be the team’s starting center if healthy.
The team has other options, such as Kevon Looney, who just signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract with the Warriors.
The plan is to have several options for the center role and those options could be key to an even better defensive rating.