Klay Thompson and James Wiseman’s progressions took another step on Sunday afternoon, as the Warriors assigned both to G-League Santa Cruz for additional practice reps.
The Athletic’s Anthony Slater and Shams Charania first reported the news, which the team confirmed soon after.
As the Warriors are on a two-game road trip and won’t return until Dec. 3, sending Thompson and Wiseman is likely a move to make it easier for them to practice. Thompson has been playing 5-on-5 scrimmages in short bursts, while Wiseman hasn’t been cleared for practice yet. Santa Cruz affords each of them more players and coaches to help with their rehab processes.
Before Sunday’s game against the Clippers, GSW coach Steve Kerr said both Thompson and Wiseman are “still taking it slow.”
In his first press conference with local reporters since Media Day, Thompson recently said he feels “more motivated than ever” to return to the Warriors and win a fourth championship. After Golden State’s 119-103 win, the shooting guard sat on the bench for half an hour after the final horn, showing how much he’s itching to get back on the court.
The Warriors announced the G-League assignments during the second quarter of the Sunday’s game against the Clippers. At halftime, Golden State led 44-42 despite committing nine turnovers and allowing 11 offensive rebounds.