The Warriors' 2023-24 NBA season hasn't started yet, but it's reportedly already off to a rocky start.
Golden State forward Draymond Green has suffered a left ankle sprain, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole on Saturday, noting the injury is not considered serious but will limit his training camp work. Bleacher Report's Jason Dumas was first to report the news of Green's injury.
Warriors media day will take place Monday, with the team's training camp set to begin the following day. Green is expected to miss the start of camp due to the injury, which was sustained during a pickup game at Chase Center earlier this week, The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported Saturday, citing a team source.
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Green is fresh off signing a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Warriors in June. Their 2023-24 season opener against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 24 is just over three weeks from the ankle sprain.
On Saturday, the four-time NBA champion provided Andscape's Marc J. Spears with a positive update on the situation and clarified his return-to-action timetable.
The 33-year-old played 73 games in 2022-23 while fighting through nagging injury issues, one season removed from missing two months to a back injury and grinding through an NBA title run. His 8.5 points per game last season was his best mark since 2017-18, he shot a career-high 61.2 percent on 2-pointers, his 30.5 percent clip from deep was his best since 2016-17 and his 2.6 defensive box plus/minus ranked fourth in the NBA.
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Green is heading into his 12th NBA season and serves as a key component to the Warriors' championship core, alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. But with Golden State in win-now mode, looking for one last Larry O'Brien Trophy with their homegrown core, an injury is the last thing they need.