Warriors’ James Wiseman is heading to the G League for an extended period of time

SAN FRANCISCO – James Wiseman will leave for an extended stint on Tuesday for the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday-evening.

Wiseman’s stint could last up to 10 consecutive days, Kerr said. The team informed Wiseman of this decision on Sunday.

“I don’t see this as a demotion,” Wiseman told reporters on Monday evening. “I’m just ready to go out and hoop.”

Wiseman, the 2020 No. 2 seed, has fallen out of the Golden State rotation and had not played in the Warriors’ three games before Monday’s 130-95 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Against the Spurs, Wiseman was a minus-6 in eight minutes and finished with two points, two rebounds and three assists. The Warriors didn’t expect too much from Wiseman on Monday, as he had built up some rust over the past week, but he’s been struggling all season.

Of the Warriors players playing 25 minutes this season, Wiseman’s offensive, defensive and net efficiencies — 99.7, 124.1 and minus-24.2 — all rank last on the team, according to research from ESPN Stats & Information.

“He needs reps. He needs to play,” said Kerr. “It’s not easy if you don’t get minutes.”

Monday marked only the 50th NBA game of Wiseman’s career over his first three years. He played 27 games during his rookie season in 2020-21 before being sidelined by a meniscus injury he suffered in April 2021. Multiple setbacks due to that injury kept him sidelined throughout the season, with the exception of three G League games in which he averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

During the summer season, Wiseman played in four games and averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game.

The Warriors have a successful track record of sending players to the G League before being recalled. Jordan Poole, who broke out against the Spurs for 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-10 of 3, is the latest example.

During Poole’s sophomore season in 2020-21, he made 11 appearances with Santa Cruz, including a stint in the G League bubble, where he averaged 22.4 points in 33.5 minutes. In his next season with the Warriors, Poole averaged 18.5 points per game and started in place of Klay Thompson before Thompson returned from injury.

“I’m telling [Wiseman] this is not a degradation. This is not a punishment,” Poole said. “…I tell him to go there and take 50 shots, be aggressive, get technicians, hold on, do anything. So that he can understand what he wants to become at the highest level. This is just a step in that direction.”

The Santa Cruz Warriors play their next game against the South Bay Lakers on Sunday.

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