The Warriors' path back to the NBA Finals just became much more difficult.
Star shooting guard Klay Thompson reportedly suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will miss a second-consecutive season recovering from an injury, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Thompson is expected to make a full recovery.
Reports suggested Thompson suffered a lower-leg injury merely hours before the 2020 NBA Draft, and now the Warriors will have to navigate their way back into the NBA's title picture without a player that helped them win three titles in four years.
Thompson missed all of last season recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Raptors. Stephen Curry missed much of last season as well with a broken wrist and the Warriors bottomed out to one of the worst records in the league.
John Wall and Kevin Durant are recent examples of star players to suffer a torn Achilles. Durant missed the entire 2019-20 season while Wall missed about a season-and-a-half to recover. Both are expected to return to the floor for the 2020-21 season when it begins in December.
Thompson also signed a five-year, $189.9 million contract before the start of last season. He will spend the first two years of that deal on the sidelines.