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Warriors star Andrew Wiggins out indefinitely due to ‘personal matter,’ says coach Steve Kerr

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NBA All-Star Andrew Wiggins missed the Warriors of the Golden State game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, but it now appears the 25-year-old will be away from the team for an extended period of time.

Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr confirmed that Wiggins will be absent from the field to attend to a “personal matter”, and there is no timetable for his return to the team.

Kerr made it clear the team would respect Wiggins’ privacy and said he would be given as much time as he needed.

“We expect him to come back, but we don’t know exactly when,” Kerr said on Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. “We’re in a position where Wiggs is a private person, and he’s been asked to keep this private, and we’re going to honor that. So it doesn’t help me to sit here and try to explain all of this “At the end of the day, we respect Wiggs, we need him and we fully expect him to return, but we just don’t know when that will be.”

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Andrew Wiggins stands on the basketball court

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The extended absence will mark the second straight year that Wiggins has missed significant time for an unspecified reason. He was away from the Warriors for 25 games due to a “family matter.”

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Wiggins eventually returned to the team in time for last year’s playoffs, playing in 13 games. The Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings in the first round but were ultimately eliminated by the the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.

Andrew Wiggins dribbling

Andrew Wiggins, #22 of the Golden State Warriors, dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics during Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 13, 2022, at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

At the height of the Warriors dynasty, the franchise won four NBA Championships over a period of eight years. But as the team’s star players aged and injuries took their toll, the Warriors seemed to slip out of championship contention.

Wiggins was also in the midst of a disappointing season, with the small forward averaging a career-low 12.7 points per game in his 51 appearances this year.

Andrew Wiggins hits a hook shot

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball ball in San Francisco, Monday June 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

At one point during the season, Wiggins was removed from the starting lineup, but he bounced back and helped the Warriors win eight of their last ten games.

The Warriors currently sit in tenth place in the Western Conference. If the playoffs started today, the Warriors would qualify for the NBA Play-In tournament.

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The Warriors will likely rely on Jonathan Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski during Wiggins’ absence. We still don’t know if the five-time All-Star Klay Thompson will return to the starting lineup while Wiggins is out.

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