The Golden State Warriors may not be one of the 22 teams returning to play out the end of the 2019-20 NBA season in Orlando, but they look locked and loaded for next season. On Friday, news broke on Klay Thompson's injury recovery, and it's a great sign for Warriors fans hoping to bounce back after a tough season.
Anthony Slater of The Athletic has reported that the five-time All-Star has been cleared to return to training without restrictions after recovering from a left ACL injury. Thompson has not played since suffering the injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto.
Thompson is not yet game-ready, but the clearance to work out without any caveats is a sign that he's nearing the end of his road back from what was a brutal injury. As Slater notes, he will likely be able to join the Golden State Warriors' summer training camp in preparation for the 2020-21 season.
Klay is one of the best perimeter scorers in the league, putting up 21.5 points per game on 40.2% shooting from deep in 2018-19. His recovery is great news for the Warriors' chances of returning to title contention next season. With Steph Curry recovered from a broken hand, the Splash Brothers look set to return to running the NBA ragged.
Alongside Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green, the new-look Warriors have a chance to make noise in due time. A healthy Thompson is key to their success, and the positive update is just what fans wanted to hear.