Golden State Warriors are set to welcome star guard Klay Thompson, after a two-year layoff with significant injuries, there’s optimism that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will make his return against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Having not played in an NBA game since mid-2019, Thompson has both torn his ACL and Achilles with the first injury occurring following an attempted dunk on Danny Green in the 2019 NBA Finals.
A final decision on Thompson’s debut is expected to be made once the Warriors return from back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday in Dallas and New Orleans, sources said.
The Warriors and Thompson — a five-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion — had targeted two home dates in January (Sunday vs. Cleveland and Jan. 18 vs. Detroit), but barring a setback, there’s increased optimism that his return will come in Sunday’s game at the Chase Center, sources said.
Thompson, 31, is returning from a torn left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and a right Achilles tear in a November 2020 workout.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently said that Thompson will return to the starting lineup immediately.
Thompson will travel with the Warriors on the two-game trip to Dallas and New Orleans this week, Kerr said Monday evening. He then will return to the Bay Area for two off days before Sunday’s game with Cleveland.