SALT LAKE CITY — The Golden State Warriors announced Tuesday that they have retired the center james wiseman of their G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Warriors will fly to Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon for a one-game road trip against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, for which Wiseman is expected to be available.
Wiseman was sent down to the G League almost three weeks ago after struggling in the early part of the season. The Warriors felt he would get the individual attention, practice time and in-game reps he needed to develop faster in Santa Cruz.
Wiseman hasn’t played a full season of basketball in four years. He played just three games with Memphis in 2019-20, tearing his meniscus during his rookie NBA season and then faced numerous setbacks that kept him out of 2021-22.
With the Warriors also failing to start the 2022-23 season, they couldn’t afford the mistakes Wiseman was making.
In his seven games with Santa Cruz, Wiseman averaged 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.14 blocks in 26.6 minutes. He posted his first positive net rating Saturday against the Stockton Kings, finishing at plus-17, a sign his perception of the game is improving.
It’s unclear what Wiseman’s role will be now that he’s back with Golden State. The team has found some rhythm, but is still just over .500 with a 13-12 record.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he doesn’t feel comfortable changing his rotation unnecessarily right now because of the chemistry being created.
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Wiseman returns to Warriors after 7 games in G League