Warriors: Here’s when Klay Thompson could return from injury

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Golden State Warriors are getting closer to bringing back Klay Thompson, who now have target dates for his return from injury.

The Warriors are first in the Pacific this season and they could get even stronger in a few weeks.

That’s because Klay Thompson is on the mend and nearing a return from the injuries that have kept him out since the 2019 NBA playoffs.

It’s been a long road but the All-Star forward now has a few target dates for his season debut.

When will the Warriors get Klay Thompson back from injury?

Thompson could take the court for the Warriors as early as Jan. 3 when Golden State faces Miami at home, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. That date isn’t particularly likely, but it will begin the countdown to Thompson’s long-awaited return.

If not Jan. 3, then Thompson could come back after the Warriors finish a short two-game road trip. They play Cleveland on Jan. 9 at Chase Center.

If Jan. 9 is a no-go, then GS will have to wait for a longer road trip to wrap up as the Warriors travel to face Memphis, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minnesota before returning home to play the Pistons on Jan. 18.

That’s a wide window of potential dates for Thompson to make his way into the lineup.

In the best-case scenario, Golden State will have to wait for just eight more games to welcome Thompson back. The wait could stretch out to 16 games or more.

Thompson tore his ACL during in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2019. He underwent surgery to repair his knee and missed the 2019-20 season. Before he could return for the 2020-21 season, he suffered another major Achilles injury and had to miss that whole campaign as well.

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