The Golden State Warriors just cannot catch a break. With Klay Thompson struggling and Draymond Green suffering an indefinite suspension, the Dubs got more bad news following reports that the veteran guard will need to undergo surgery for his fractured hand, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported.
Warriors guard Chris Paul has a fractured left hand and will undergo surgery. pic.twitter.com/ME5eqj0onS
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2024
Worse, there is no definite timeline on when the 38-year-old guard can return to action per Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reported.
Per Warriors PR: Chris Paul (fractured L hand). Surgery next week. No return timeframe.
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) January 6, 2024
Paul suffered the injury in the third quarter after battling the Pistons Jaden Ivey for a rebound. He was forced to leave the game, finishing with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
With CP3 missing time, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will have to turn to Brandin Podziemski and Cory Joseph for backcourt help. Also out for the Dubs is Gary Payton II who is dealing with a hamstring strain. He is expected to miss at least three weeks as he tries to recover from the injury.
Chris Paul trade is unlikely to go down
This development also puts a dent in any potential Chris Paul trade. The 12-time All-Star is owed $30.8 million for this NBA season and another $30 million in the 2024-25 wars.
A plausible scenario would be the Dubs trading the 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year to give them some salary breathing room. But with the CP3 injury, other teams are likely to look elsewhere to beef up their rosters as the February 8 trade deadline nears.
The Warriors are set to face the Toronto Raptors in their next assignment on Sunday, January 7. The Dubs are hoping to make it back-to-back wins against the Raptors who lost to the Sacramento Kings in their last assignment, 135-130.
The Warriors-Raptors clash on Sunday is the first time the two teams will be facing each other this 2023-24 season.