Draymond expects to miss 4-6 weeks with ankle sprain
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after suffering an ankle sprain during a pickup game, he told Andscape's Marc Spears on Saturday.
The injury comes just days before training camps open across the NBA and under a month before the Warriors' first regular-season game Oct. 24 against the Phoenix Suns.
"I dodged a bullet and learned that today, by the way, it's (positively) reacting," Green told Spears. "Even with an MRI, you don't see the trend of it immediately. The swelling is down."
Green's status to begin the campaign is in question for the second straight year. He took a leave of absence during last year's training camp after punching former teammate Jordan Poole in practice. Green inevitably returned and suited up to start the season.
The 33-year-old signed a four-year, $100-million contract in the offseason after posting 8.5 points per game in 2022-23, his highest tally in five campaigns.
Should Green miss any action, reserve forward Jonathan Kuminga would be in line for more playing time. The 2021 No. 7 pick has shown flashes of being a rising star but has averaged just 18.8 minutes per game over two NBA seasons.