Major update on potential return timeframe for Golden State Warriors' forward Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

Golden State Warriors' forward Draymond Green has now missed seven games since his indefinite suspension for a punch on Phoenix Suns big man Jusuf Nurkic during the third-quarter of the teams' meeting on December 12.

The Warriors have found life in the absence of the former Defensive Player of the Year, winning five of the seven games including a notable overtime victory against the East-leading Boston Celtics last week.

There is a 'general belief' on the range of suspension for Golden State Warriors' veteran Draymond Green after his latest unsportsmanlike act

Green continues to receive counseling among aspects the league would like him to tick off before a return to the court. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, this includes zoom meetings with league "designed to chart his progress toward reinstatement."

The 33-year-old's return to the court may come sooner than some expected, with Wojnarowski providing an update on how many games Green is expected to miss.

""Among those involved in this process, there's a general belief that his suspension will cover a range of 11 to 13 games -- barring any setbacks," Wojnarowski reported."

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Golden State Warriors' forward Draymond Green leaves the floor after being ejected against the Phoenix Suns / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

An 11-game suspension would see Green return at home on Janaury 5 against the Detroit Pistons. Golden State then hosts the Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans on January 7 and 10 respectively.

That final meeting against the Pelicans will conclude a period in which the Warriors have 10 of 11 games on their home floor. They're currently on an eight-game winning-streak at Chase Center.

Golden State start a four-game road-trip against the resurgent Chicago Bulls on January 12. Having Green back by that point could prove crucial, particularly given the Warriors will then face Giannis Antetekounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back.

Green's role within the team will be fascinating upon his return, with third-year forward Jonathan Kuminga and rookie guard Brandin Podziemski impressing in the starting lineup during his absence.