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Report: Warriors C James Wiseman will move to 5-on-5 scrimmaging, still out indefinitely

Golden State’s prized center might be close to returning.

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James Wiseman of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 27, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
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The Golden State Warriors might be getting a key piece of their championship puzzle back as center James Wiseman is slated to return to 5-on-5 scrimmaging for the first time since his injury, per Anthony Slater.

This is a big development for Wiseman, who has been sidelined since last April with a meniscus injury. The center was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft and has not lived up to that hype so far, largely due to injury. Wiseman is still out indefinitely but this is progress for what the Warriors hope will be an eventual return to the court.

Golden State is also without Draymond Green, which means Kevon Looney continues to be the primary center in this rotation. The Warriors were already looking like a title contender before getting Klay Thompson back, With Green getting back soon and Wiseman progressing towards a return, the Warriors could move past the Phoenix Suns by the end of the season. Golden State is +450 to win the NBA title, per DraftKings Sportsbook.