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Warriors GM confirms what we all knew: Klay Thompson out until All-Star break

Klay Thompson Visits Nanjing

NANJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 08: NBA player Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors meets fans during an Anta promotional event on September 8, 2019 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. (Photo by Zheng Hongliang/VCG via Getty Images)

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We knew this was coming because Klay Thompson himself said as much, but Warriors general manager Bob Myers made it official at the team’s media day Monday:

Thompson will be out until about the All-Star break in February, and around that time the team will update his status.

Which means he is out at least 55 games — and when he returns he will be on a restriction for a while. The Warriors are going to be cautious and think long-term here, but they could have him back and close to being himself again by the playoffs. With Kevin Durant gone to another coast and Thompson out, there is a temptation to write this off as a lost season for the Warriors, but do that at your own risk.

Thompson tore his ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, but that didn’t stop the Warriors from giving him a five-year, $190 million max extension this summer (nor should it have). Thompson averaged 21.5 points per game last season, shot 40.2 percent from three, and is one of the league’s better wing defenders.