James Wiseman gets closer to the action of the NBA game.
The Warriors allowed the second-year center to join his Golden State teammates in 5-on-5 scrums.
In a Tuesday morning interview on 95.7 The Game, Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Wiseman was expected to start scrimmage later Tuesday.
“I think he’s going to play 5-on-5 today,” Myers said. “It will be good.”
Myers didn’t offer a timeline for Wiseman’s return to action, but moving to full scrimmage is an important step.
Wiseman tore his meniscus last April during a game against the Houston Rockets. The Warriors initially expressed optimism that the former No. 2 overall pick would be available for training camp and the season opener.
Now, four months into the season and after a follow-up procedure in December, Wiseman represents a potential injection of athleticism at center. But questions remain about his fit for the Warriors offense after struggling at times during his rookie year.
Wiseman was finally cleared to make contact a week ago and the move to 5-on-5 work came shortly after.
Myers also noted that while Warriors fans can focus on adding a center in the buyout market, he expects that once Wiseman and Draymond Green (disc injury) return, they will have four players who can fill the minutes at five, between these two, the starter Kevon Looney and the stretch Nemanja Bjelica.
“I think it’s okay. I think we’ve seen stronger ones,” Myers said of the expected buyout market. “It’s generally probably seen as a bigger benefit than it actually is.”
The Warriors have been linked to veteran point guard Goran Dragic among buyout candidates, but no center at this point, a sign they’re confident Wiseman and Green can contribute before the end of the regular season.