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Kerr hasn't been told Klay cleared to practice with Warriors

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Kerr and Klay

Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters he is unaware of the origin of a report stating that injured shooting guard Klay Thompson has been cleared to practice with the team.

Speaking to the media prior to the Warriors' game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, Kerr was asked to confirm the reported news.

"Nobody has told me that, so I don't know where that came from," Kerr said.

The Athletic's Shams Charania and Anthony Slater reported Sunday morning, citing sources, that Thompson has been cleared for all portions of Warriors practice.

Charania and Slater also reported, citing sources, that Thompson is "trending toward a potential return the week before Christmas Day."

Thompson recently progressed to playing 5-on-5 scrimmages, one of the last steps in his return. He has missed the last 29 months recovering from a torn left ACL suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and then a torn right Achilles sustained on Nov. 18, 2020 during a pick-up basketball game in Southern California.

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The Warriors have opened the season 14-2, and the return of Thompson is expected to make them even more dangerous. It's still unclear when Thompson will return, but a pre-Christmas return means he is about four weeks away from stepping on the court for the first time in two and a half years.