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NBA Rumors: How the Warriors Replace Draymond Green Following Injury

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said he expects to be out 4-to-6 weeks due to an ankle injury, per Jason Dumas of KRON 4 News. Dumas said that the injury was not a high ankle sprain. More information on Green’s status will be revealed Monday during the Warriors media day.

NBA Rumors: How the Warriors Replace Draymond Green Following Injury

Green picked up the injury during a pickup game this week at Chase Center, a source told Kendra Andrews of ESPN.

I dodged a bullet and learned that today by the way it’s (positively) reacting,” Green told Marc J. Spears of Andscape. “Even with an MRI you don’t see the trend of it immediately. The swelling is down.”

The 4-to-6-week timetable  Green has projected means he will miss all training camp. The 33-year-old forward could also miss the first few regular season games.

While Green’s absence is a blow to the Warriors, particularly their frontcourt depth, it does make Steve Kerr’s starting lineup decision a little easier.

There had been rumors earlier in the summer that Chris Paul wanted to start even though he is better suited to come off the bench. Plus, the Warriors already have one of the best starting lineups in basketball.

Kerr previously said that the Warriors starting lineup would be made during training camp.

Now, Paul and Stephen Curry make up the Warriors backcourt. Klay Thompson will start at small forward alongside Andrew Wiggins at power forward and Kevon Looney at center.

Dario Saric and Jonathan Kuminga were likely going to be the first bigs off the bench. Now, both players will probably see an increasing amount of minutes.

Depending on how long Green is out, it could give Rudy Gay the upper hand to win the Warriors’ 14th and final roster spot. If not, rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis could see some early minutes, as could Usman Garuba, who is on a two-way deal.

Rudy Gay and Rodney McGruder Leading Candidates For Final Roster Spot

Golden State recently made many moves to fill out their training camp roster. Besides the 13 players on standard contracts, the Warriors have brought in Gay, Rodney McGruder, Donovan Williams, Kendric Davis, and Javan Johnson on training camp deals.

C.J. Holmes of the San Francisco Chronicle believes that the final roster spot will come down to Gay and McGruder. Both players hold nonguaranteed deals for the veteran minimum.

Gay can play either forward position. The 37-year-old’s production has slowly declined, but he still rebounds the ball well and is a physical defender. Gay also can provide a little 3-point shooting, though he shot just 25.4% from deep last season.

McGruder is gritty and versatile, as he can play either the wing or power forward. Overall, he is a good shooter and has been an above-average 3-point shooter each of the last three seasons. However, he is an end-of-bench type of player. McGuder appeared in 32 games last year and 98 contests over the previous three years.

Expect Gay to win the last roster spot if he demonstrates that he has a little left. The Warriors could use someone who can provide leadership and some frontcourt depth.  Of the 16 players, including their three two-way players, they have seven players who are wings. Meanwhile, they only have six big men.


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