Although the Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s ankle injury, which is expected to keep him out for four to six weeks, was already known, the team formally confirmed it on Monday. In addition to Green’s injury, the Warriors also reported the lower back strain suffered by seasoned guard Cory Joseph, who will undergo another evaluation in two weeks.
The Warriors added Joseph this offseason, and he is expected to be a valuable reserve player. Joseph should be a key player for the Warriors this season whenever he returns from injury, even if he is obviously not as essential to Golden State’s success as Green.
Although neither of these injuries is serious, they undoubtedly make the Warriors’ essential training camp more difficult. The Warriors were hoping to get all of those answers at camp because there was so much that was unknown about the roster, rotations, and who fits where. While the Warriors may still accomplish a lot in training camp, once their roster is fully healthy, there will be another transition phase.
The role of Chris Paul for the Warriors right now is their biggest uncertainty. Paul’s starting or bench role will still need to be decided, and training camp will allow the Warriors to experiment with alternative lineups.