SAN FRANCISCO —  Andrew Wiggins has missed 11 games following his absence from the Warriors’ game against Milwaukee on Saturday due to personal reasons.

There’s no timetable for Wiggins’ return, though head coach Steve Kerr said it’s the team’s “hope” that he will return sometime before the regular season ends.

“There’s nothing to report on,” Kerr said before the game. “We’re giving him space, as we’ve talked about, as he deals with something that’s way more important than the game. If he’s able to come back then that would be great. If not, that’s the case. Whatever happens, we handle it accordingly.”

Few details have been made public surrounding Wiggins’ extended absence except that he’s dealing with a family matter. The 28-year-old hasn’t played since a strong 29-point game against the Washington Wizards on Feb. 13, shortly before the All-Star break.

Several members of the Warriors and coaching staff, including Kerr, have kept in touch with Wiggins throughout his absence including close friend Jordan Poole.

“Wiggs is my brother,” Poole told reporters in Oklahoma City. “We’re giving him strength and all of the support that he needs and whenever he’s ready to come back, whenever he’s ready to join the team, he will… He knows that we all have his back and he can take as much time as he needs and we’re all really good support system and wish him nothing but the best.”

Wiggins’ absence has intersected with a chaotic stretch for the Warriors as they hope to hold on to a playoff spot and potentially avoid the play-in tournament. Golden State entered Saturday’s game in the seventh seed following a three-game losing road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies.

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Source:: The Mercury News


Kerr: Warriors ‘hope’ Andrew Wiggins can return before end of season

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