Warrior James Wiseman explains why he would welcome a G League demotion.

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Warrior James Wiseman explains why he would welcome a G League demotion.

 

James Wiseman has honed his patience during his first year in the NBA, and the Golden State Warriors center appears to be willing to wait even longer to begin his second campaign.

Wiseman has been recovering from a knee injury that ended his first NBA season early, necessitating surgery and obliterating what would have been his first full offseason. As he nears a full recovery, Wiseman said he wouldn’t mind starting the season in the G League, which many players would consider a demotion.

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Wiseman Who Is Willing to Take Things Slowly

Wiseman was cleared to participate in full-team sessions on Monday, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, putting him one step closer to a full recovery. But Wiseman’s first taste of play this season may not be in Golden State or even in the NBA. The 20-year-old center expressed interest in playing for the team’s G League franchise, the Santa Cruz Warriors.

“I’d like to travel down there to sharpen my physical and mental abilities,” Wiseman remarked. “And I’m on my way.” So whatever occurs in that time frame, I’m open to anything.”

Over the last two seasons, the Warriors have had success in Santa Cruz polishing their young players. In 2020, guard Jordan Poole moved between Golden State and Santa Cruz, utilizing his downtime to hone his skills. After returning, he had a mid-season breakout, becoming one of the team’s top scoring options on the second unit and winning a starting spot this season.

Former Warriors star turned commentator Chris Mullin speculated on NBC Sports Bay Area that the Warriors might send their two lottery choices to Santa Cruz to focus on their own development.

“Jordan Poole is the model and playbook for Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga,” Mullin added. “We’ve seen steady improvement to the point where he’s a legitimate threat this year.”

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