UPDATE: Nov. 19, 1:33 p.m. — The worst was feared and that’s exactly what has happened. Thompson is done for the 2020-21 season due to an Achilles tear, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday afternoon.
Thompson will be out at least another full season and possibly longer than that knowing the recovery time for an Achilles tear. The Warriors had a down season in 2019-20 that resulted in the No. 2 overall pick. Golden State used it to draft center James Wiseman on Wednesday night.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: There have been multiple reports that Klay Thompson suffered a serious Achilles injury, and now Yahoo! Sports reporter Chris Haynes is reporting as much. Thompson will have an MRI on Thursday morning to confirm the severity of the injury.
Golden State Warriors SG Klay Thompson has suffered an apparently lower leg injury and the severity is unknown, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Thompson is going for further testing to determine the extent of the injury. The All-Star guard just spent the entire 2019-20 season on the sideline after tearing his ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Update: Marc Spears of The Undefeated is saying that he contacted a source and the answer on Thompson’s injury was “not good.”
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Thompson suffered the injury during a workout in Southern California. This could be good news, it also could be worse news. Woj is saying that the leg injury Thompson suffered today is on his right leg. Klay tore the ACL in his left knee in 2019. Shams just added that Thompson was unable to weight on the leg after the injury. #Pray4Klay, please everybody!
Well, this certainly puts a damper on draft night for Warriors fans — and NBA fans really. Thompson was expected to be back to start the 2020-21 season with the Dubs primed for another run at a title. Golden State holds the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night. You’ve got to think this news on Klay may impact where they go with the pick. It could also mean the Warriors will look to move the pick to try and land an established replacement if Thompson is sidelined for an extended period of time again. Hopefully, that isn’t the case.
As of now, the Warriors go into the draft with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins all healthy for the 2020-21 season. Kevon Looney, Jordan Poole, Damion Lee and Eric Paschall makeup the remaining core for the Dubs. Poole and Lee could be the two players to step up if Thompson misses the start of the season. Golden State also could luck into Anthony Edwards at No. 2 or trade back and snag somebody like Tyrese Haliburton or Killian Hayes.