Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson has a torn right Achilles and is likely to miss the 2020-21 season, the team confirmed Thursday.
This will be the second consecutive lost season for Thompson, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in June 2019 and has not played since.
"Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles," the team posted on Twitter. "Thompson suffered the injury in a workout yesterday in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season."
The initial injury news broke via social media about 90 minutes before the Warriors were scheduled to be on the clock with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. With Thompson out and Stephen Curry down with a broken hand much of the season, Golden State went from Western Conference champions to a league-worst 15 victories last season.
On Thursday, good wishes poured in from fans, fellow players and Hall of Fame members.
"Prayers and empathy go out to @KlayThompson," wrote former Warriors great Rick Barry on Twitter. "Having had injuries that kept me away from the game I know how devastating it can be emotionally. If anyone can get through this and come back, I'm sure it's Klay with his great work ethic."
Thompson was drafted by Golden State with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Washington State. A five-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion, Thompson signed a five-year, $189.9 million deal before last season, when Kevin Durant opted to leave for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.
Thompson, 30, owns a career average of 19.5 points in 615 games over his eight NBA seasons. A formidable shooter, he has a career shooting percentage of 41.9 percent from 3-point range.
--Field Level Media