With nothing left to play for beyond lottery position, the Golden State Warriors have — as expected for months — ruled out Klay Thompson for the rest of the season.
The team finally made the official announcement on Thursday, saying Thompson would be ready for training camp in September.
Klay Thompson injury update: pic.twitter.com/s4Zuyj4mJj
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The New York Times’ Marc Stein additionally reports that Thompson is still in contention for Team USA’s roster for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo this summer.
Klay Thompson officially ruled out
Thompson has been out all season after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. There had been some hope before the season Thompson could return and produce for the Warriors in the playoffs, but that ship has long passed.
The Warriors currently sit in last place in the Western Conference at 12-43. Stephen Curry is still out until at least March. D’Angelo Russell just got traded for reclamation project Andrew Wiggins and a draft pick.
At this point, the Warriors are only incentivized to stay at the bottom of the standings and keep their prime draft position, so there was no point in bringing Thompson back even if there was no chance of re-injury.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted as much on Wednesday when he said he wasn’t even entertaining the idea of Thompson returning despite Thompson making progress in his rehab.
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