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Steve Kerr provides timeline for Draymond Green returning to Warriors lineup

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Steve Kerr provides timeline for Draymond Green returning to Warriors lineup

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The Warriors have played 22 games this season and Draymond Green has only been in uniform for 13 of them.

The 2017 Defensive Player of the Year has missed six straight contests and has already been ruled out of tonight's game in Toronto and Saturday's in Detroit. Based on what Steve Kerr told reporters on Wednesday night, it sounds like he will miss Monday's game in Atlanta, too.

When it comes to Draymond returning to game action: "I think the earliest would be later on in this trip," Kerr said. "He's not playing in the first couple games of the trip. He needs to get on the floor. I think he'll start doing that on Friday, where he can start to ramp up the court work.

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"Then, he'll need a few days from there, and at that point it'll sort of be day-to-day and we'll leave it up to Rick (Celebrini)."

It's a right big toe sprain that has kept Draymond out of action and something like that can linger if you don't fully take care of it. The three-time All-Star already returned once and then had to go back on the shelf, so you should expect the Warriors to be cautious.

And when you take into account how the Warriors are slow-playing Steph Curry's return, it wouldn't be a surprise if Draymond misses the final two games of the road trip -- Wednesday in Cleveland and Friday in Milwaukee.

Celebrini -- the Warriors' Director of Sports Medicine -- doesn't care that you are getting impatient.

"Rick's awesome. He's very practical, he knows his stuff, he's very matter-of-fact, doesn't have room for sentimentality (smiles)," Kerr told reporters. "He's most concerned about our athletes and their conditioning and their well-being. He does a phenomenal job."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors waive Julian Washburn, who was acquired in Andre Iguodala trade

Warriors waive Julian Washburn, who was acquired in Andre Iguodala trade

The Warriors waived two-way forward Julian Washburn, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Golden State acquired Washburn on July 7 in the trade that sent Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Washburn played in the Dubs' final two Summer League games in Las Vegas last week.

The 27-year-old appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies last season, and averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 38 games with the franchise's G League affiliate.

The Warriors now have one more two-way contract available, which could go to Damion Lee.

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Undrafted guard Ky Bowman holds the other two-way deal.

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What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

It's a sight Warriors fans will never forget. It's the last image they have of Kevin Durant in a Warriors uniform.

Durant being helped off the court in Toronto after tearing his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

On one side was Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. On the other side was former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

Somehow, Durant was able to put weight on his injured right leg. He didn't need to be carried off the court.

That part blows the mind of Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala, who just returned from an Achilles rupture of his own.

“I saw the play and I was just shocked he was able to walk on it after,” Tuivailala told Jeff Faraudo for The Seattle Times. “When I saw that I didn’t think it was an Achilles because I couldn’t put any type of weight on it. I hope he has a safe and smooth recovery, like I did.”

Durant underwent surgery to repair his Achilles shortly after suffering the injury. Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he has a long rehab ahead of him before he can get back on a basketball court.

“I quickly found out it was not a fun rehab,” Tuivailala told Faraudo.

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Tuivailala, a San Mateo native, missed 11 months after rupturing his Achilles last August 8 in Texas. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old made his return to a big league mound against the A's. He pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.