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The Golden State Warriors and All-Star guard Klay Thompson are targeting a January return, with key dates looming on January 9 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and January 18 over the Detroit Pistons, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Klay Thompson

Klay  Thompson
Team: Golden State Warriors
Position: SG, SF
Age: 31
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 93 kg
Birth place: Los Angeles, United States of America

Per the report, the Warriors and Thompson haven't ruled out a January 3 game versus the Miami Heat, but that's considered far less likely.

Thompson recently completed his conditioning stint with Santa Cruz of the G League, where he played in three game-length scrimmages. Now, he is working to elevate his conditioning as much as possible before rejoining the main Warriors team.

The 31-year-old last played in a game for the Warriors during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals when he suffered a torn ACL. The health problems escalated, as he sustained a torn Achilles last November before the season began.

One of the premier shooters of his generation, Thompson helped the Warriors to five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three championships.

In the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, the Warriors' Kevin Durant ruptured a right Achilles tendon in Game 5, and Thompson suffered his knee injury in Game 6, and the Raptors went on to win the championship.

With Durant leaving in free agency and Thompson missing a second consecutive season, the Warriors slumped to a 15-50 record in 2019-20 and 39-33 last season.

The Warriors selected Thompson with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 615 games (578 starts) with Golden State, Thompson has averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

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3-pointers this season

36%
14,8
Points made: 14,8
Accuracy: 36,3%
Place in standings: 2
Record max: 22
Record min: 8
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