Warriors’ Klay Thompson tears Achilles, will miss entire season

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has a torn Achilles and will miss the entire 2020-21 season, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson, 30, underwent tests in Southern California on Thursday morning that confirmed the Warriors’ fears. The Golden State star missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his left knee; this Achilles injury is in his right leg.

On Wednesday afternoon, news spread that Thompson needed assistance leaving the court during a pickup game. His unknown status loomed over the NBA Draft, where the Warriors selected big man James Wiseman No. 2 overall, as well as point guard Nico Mannion at No. 48 and Justinian Jessup at No. 51.

As The Athletic’s Anthony Slater notes, Thompson has a lengthy recovery ahead of him and will now go “at least 28 mid-prime months” since his last NBA game.

The Warriors, expected to be contenders in the Western Conference, will now have to reshuffle their roster plans just a day before NBA free agency begins. They have the mid-level exception available to them, worth $5.7 million, and a trade exception worth $17.2 million. (The exception allows them to acquire a player worth up to $17.2 million in a trade without sending back a player of equal salary value.)

General manager Bob Myers said after the draft that he has the “green light” from ownership to use the trade exception if necessary. Expect that to become a subject of intense speculation in the coming days.

Nov. 18, 3:10 p.m. On the same day of the 2020 NBA Draft, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson reportedly suffered a lower right leg injury of unknown severity.

NBA reporter Shams Charania tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that Thompson will undergo tests to reveal more information about how long he might be out. Charania also tweeted that Thompson couldn’t put weight on his leg as he left the court. ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski added that the injury occurred during a workout in Southern California.

A few hours after breaking the news of the injury, Charania reported that the Warriors fear a “heel injury” for Thompson.


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