Klay Thompson could return for Warriors-Cavaliers, sources say

There is optimism that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson would make his comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

A final decision is expected once the Warriors return from a two-game road trip.

Thompson has not played since he tore his ACL during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, and then his Achilles tendon in November 2020.

The stellar guard averages 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his career.

The Warriors and Thompson, five-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion, had targeted two home dates in January (Sunday against Cleveland and January 18 against Detroit), but barring surprise, there is greater optimism than their return. It will come at the Chase Center.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently said Thompson will return to the starting lineup immediately. Thompson could travel with the Warriors on the two-game trip to Dallas and New Orleans this week before returning to the Bay Area.

Thompson completed a productive five-day stint with Santa Cruz of the G League last month, where he played in three practice games. His rehab has been complete, but he has been working to raise his fitness as much as possible before rejoining a Warriors team that has the best record in the NBA at 28-7.