Draymond Green is getting closer to returning.
The Warriors forward is expected to return to the team facility in the coming days and begin running back games, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday morning, citing sources.
Green will miss his 11th game Thursday night when Golden State hosts the defending champion Denver Nuggets at Chase Center. The 33-year-old was suspended after striking Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic in the face during the Warriors’ 119–116 loss at Footprint Center on Dec. 12.
Wojnarowski added it there There is still an “ongoing” conversation As to when Green will return from suspension, but his first game is “getting closer.”
Last week, Wojnarowski, citing sources, reported that Green was participating in virtual meetings that included Warriors, NBA and union officials to “chart his progress” toward fully joining the team. . He also cited sources as saying there is a “general belief” that Green’s suspension will last 11 to 13 games – barring any concussions.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported last month, citing league sources, that Green was expected to receive counseling and work with the Warriors and the NBA during his suspension and that he was “necessary” to return to play with the Warriors. Were ready to go through the process”, Charania said.
A day after the Nurkic incident, the NBA announced it had suspended the four-time champion indefinitely, with the hope that Green would correct himself before returning to the hardwood.
Before the suspension, Green had averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 15 games this season. The Warriors have gone 6-4 in Green’s absence.
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