Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain just days before the start of the Warriors training camp, according to multiple reports.
ESPN reported the injury occurred during a game of pickup basketball at the Chase Center, and the setback means Green could be out of the Warriors lineup for “anywhere from three to six weeks,” according to Bleacher Report’s Jason Dumas.
Dumas clarified that although the injury will keep Green out of the rotation, Green’s ankle injury is not a more serious high-ankle sprain.
ESPN added that the Warriors know a timeline for Green’s recovery, but they’re waiting for him to reveal that information, which could happen Monday when Green is reportedly expected to address reporters at the team’s media day.
The 33-year-old recently returned to the Warriors under a four-year, $100 million contract extension in June and is expected to be a key part of the Warriors’ season alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and new rival-turned-teammate Chris Paul.
“I feel sorry for the other teams that’s got to play against both of us,” Paul told reporters after his trade to the Warriors. “Because he’s always been very vocal, as I am. I’ve always thrived with guys like that,”
Even with a maximum recovery time of six weeks, Green would still make it back for the Warriors’ second preseason game, when the Warriors will take on the Lakers.
They open the preseason Oct. 7 against the Lakers, while playing a second game against Los Angeles, two against the Kings and one against the Spurs to complete their slate of games.
Green missed a portion of the 2021-22 campaign due to a back injury, but he appeared in 73 games, averaging 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists in his 2022-23 comeback.
This will be Green’s 12th NBA season, and he won four NBA titles with the Warriors in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022.