Smiley to be re-evaluated in four weeks following surgery


The world will have to continue to wait for the season debut of Warriors big man Alen Smailagic.

Golden State announced Monday that Smailagic underwent successful surgery earlier in the day for a minor right meniscal tear. The 20-year-old will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks. 

Smailagic is yet to play in a game this season. He played in just 14 games last season and averaged 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists while playing just under 10 minutes per game. The Warriors drafted Smailagic with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft after he spent the 2018-19 season with the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors.

The 6-foot-10 Serbian averaged 15.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the G League last season. He has averaged 10.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game over 66 career games in the G League. 

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Smailagic's setback is yet another loss as the Warriors search for help. Fellow big man Marquese Chriss is out for the season after he sustained a season-ending broken leg last week. 

The Warriors have high hopes for Smailagic, and certainly hope he soon can live up to expectations when healthy. 

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