Warriors’ James Wiseman won’t play in California Classic, eyes chance to return in Las Vegas

SAN FRANCISCO — James Wiseman was a full participant in practice Wednesday, but Warriors fans will have to wait a little longer to see the former No. 2 overall pick in action.

Wiseman won’t play in the California Classic this weekend at Chase Center as he continues to get reps after a knee injury sidelined him for the entire 2021-22 season. The goal is for him to play in the latter part of the Las Vegas portion of Summer League.

Wiseman suffered a meniscus injury in April 2021 during a game in Houston and hasn’t played in NBA action since. The Warriors were initially hopeful he would return before last season, but that timeline was pushed back several times due to setbacks before he was ultimately shut down in March after swelling in his surgically repaired knee persisted following three G League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Since then, he’s progressed in his recovery, returning to some on-court activities. He’s recently been seen shooting jumpers ahead of the Warriors’ NBA Finals games.

Jonathan Kuminga and Patrick Baldwin Jr. also won’t play in the California Classic. Kuminga is back home in Congo with his family, but is expected to rejoin the team in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Baldwin is recovering from an ankle injury that limited him to just 11 games last season with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Moses Moody is expected to play this weekend at Chase Center.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contributed by local news sources

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