• James Wiseman suffered some swelling in his right knee
  • He was gearing up to play in his fourth rehab game with the Santa Cruz Warriors Sunday before the setback
  • Wiseman underwent surgery to address a meniscus tear in April 2021

The Golden State Warriors were hoping to include James Wiseman in the roster for the rest of the 2021-22 NBA season, but the center's return has been postponed after he suffered another setback.

The 20-year-old suffered some swelling in his right knee and was temporarily shut down, The Athletic reported.

Wiseman had been gearing up to play in his fourth rehab game with the Santa Cruz Warriors Sunday before the setback.

NBC Sports' Monte Poole tweeted that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confirmed the news.

Kerr reportedly said that Wiseman won't go on the road trip next week and is "understandably disappointed" over the shutdown of his rehab. The Warriors coach also said "no decision" has been reached about the rest of the season, according to Poole.

Wiseman underwent surgery to address a meniscus tear in April 2021. Months after the surgery, swelling forced him to undergo a cleanup procedure in December that year, further delaying his return.

Wiseman had been expected to return in the coming weeks, but his latest setback could mean that he may not play at all this 2021-22 NBA season.

In early February, Warriors general manager Bob Meyers said he understands the severity of Wiseman’s injury and would rather preserve him than take the risk of letting him play now.

"He's kind of walked up to the doorstep of contact and each time the knee has reacted a little bit and told his body and our staff: You're not quite ready yet," Myers was quoted as saying by The Athletic. "With a meniscal repair, you are at the mercy of how your body is going to react to that. Nobody in their right mind would push through with that in a young kid. We certainly wouldn't do that early in his career."

From here, the Warriors will need to figure out how to deal with the rest of the season with other stars also nursing injuries.

The latest casualty is Stephen Curry, who is dealing with a sprained ligament in his left foot. He is set to be re-evaluated in two weeks, according to an update from the Warriors via Twitter.

Curry incurred the injury during the Warriors’ game with the Boston Celtics. The two-time MVP collided with Marcus Smart after the latter dove for the loose ball. The 34-year-old was forced to check out of the game and did not return.

The Dubs went on to lose that game, 110-88. Golden State has only 12 regular-season games remaining and was planning to use that stretch to fine-tune their roster.

Hence, Kerr will have to make do with his current cast. Klay Thompson is back, and so is Draymond Green.

Aside from the two veterans, the Warriors will need to rely on Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney and Jonathan Kuminga and make the most out of their remaining games in preparation for the NBA playoffs.

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Head coach Steve Kerr speaks to James Wiseman #33 of the Golden State Warriors Getty Images | Ezra Shaw