A source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Thompson injured his lower right leg and is expected to undergo testing in the next few days to determine the severity of the injury.
Thompson missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors were optimistic that Thompson, who has spent more than a year rehabbing the injury, would come back at full strength for the 2020-21 season.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said recently that though the Warriors didn’t clear Thompson to scrimmage during their team bubble in San Francisco, he was pleased with the way Thompson’s rehab was progressing.
“It was great to have him out on the floor, in the locker room,” Kerr said in late September during a video call with reporters. “Just his presence alone gave us a jolt of energy and excitement. Practice went well. This is the first practice coming off an ACL injury and a year-and-a-half absence, so I didn’t expect him to be in top shape, in top form, and he was not, but he moved well, and it’s a good first step.”
Thompson’s latest setback leaves more potential questions for a Warriors group that was confident it could contend next season in what is expected to be a loaded Western Conference race. The Warriors have the second pick in Wednesday night’s NBA draft.
There was a sense of shock and disbelief throughout the organization after news of Thompson’s injury swept across the league. The Warriors are hoping the tests on Thompson’s leg come back clean so he can come back to the floor with longtime teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.