Warriors player who could be impacted by buyout market: James Wiseman
Another key player the Warriors may have to put in the backseat for the next few months is James Wiseman. Wiseman has yet to play, rehabbing from the meniscus tear that he sustained last season.
That has clearly gone on further than many expected, and Wiseman’s return date has yet to be set although he’s clearly making progress in the right direction. However, at what level he can return at is just as important.
Wiseman played 21.4 minutes per game as a rookie.
The 7-foot big man never truly learned to play without fouling, averaging 3.1 fouls per game in under two quarters of action. He shot 52% from the field which was positive, but Wiseman was certainly a liability at times.
Wiseman’s return could be imminent, but regardless, his ability to defend without fouling could cause concerns. The Warriors’ inability to rebound and defend size should have them looking for help which is where 7-foot Lopez would come in huge.
If Wiseman can’t be that guy, he’s going to lose minutes if Lopez is brought in. While a positive for Golden State if it makes them better, it would certainly hurt Wiseman’s prospectus in the short term.