Wednesday was supposed to be one of encouraging Warriors news, but now there’s a dark cloud hanging over it.
Klay Thompson, who has spent over a year rehabbing from an ACL tear sustained during the 2019 NBA Finals, suffered a lower leg injury on Wednesday, and is currently undergoing tests to determine the severity, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the injury is to Thompson’s right leg. The ACL injury from last year was to his left knee. Thompson was reportedly unable to put weight on the right leg upon leaving the gym.
All reports up until now were that Thompson is back to full strength and ready to help lead the Warriors back into championship contention in 2021, along with whomever they end up selecting in Wednesday’s NBA Draft. If Thompson’s injury is severe, it’s possible it could influence how the Warriors approach draft day, both the player they select, and if they decide to package the pick in a trade.
Thompson reportedly sustained the injury during a workout in Southern California. Before tearing his ACL, Thompson was considered one of the most durable players in the NBA, and didn’t miss a single playoff game during their run of five consecutive Finals appearances.