Draymond Green, Warriors

Draymond Green getting closer to returning to Warriors

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is set to take a step toward his return to the team.

Green is expected to return to the Warriors’ practice facility to start ramping up his path to playing again. He’s currently serving an indefinite suspension as a result of hitting Phoenix Suns big man Jusuf Nurkic in the face on Dec. 12.

 

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The two-time All-Star has remained away from the team as he’s moved through his personal off-the-court program. He has been participating in individual counseling sessions along with periodic virtual meetings with team, league, union officials to keep track of his progress toward him being reinstated.

The Warriors have kept close tabs on Green’s progress but have yet to indicate when he will play again. However, his expected return to the practice facility is a significant step toward getting him back into the fold.

Although he’s been away from the team, head coach Steve Kerr voiced that his absence hasn’t been an issue.

“This was not a sprained ankle, this was not a twisted knee,” Kerr said via ESPN. “This is an issue that Draymond is trying to get help with. So space was important for him and us. We’re trying to win games, and he’s trying to put himself in a position to come back.”

The Warriors hold a 6-5 record in Green’s absence while still struggling to find consistency. Jonathan Kuminga has started in place of the four-time NBA champion.

Golden State may now have a much more difficult road ahead after point guard Chris Paul suffered a broken hand that will require surgery.

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