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Report: Draymond returns to Warriors facility despite suspension – NBC Sports Bay Area

Draymond Green is getting closer and closer to a return.

The Warriors forward is expected to return to the team facility in the coming days and begin training in preparation for resuming play, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday morning, citing sources.

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Green will miss his 11th game on Thursday night when Golden State hosts the reigning champion Denver Nuggets at Chase Center. The 33-year-old was suspended after he punched Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkić in the face during the Warriors' 119-116 loss on Dec. 12 at the Footprint Center.

Wojnarowski added that there There are still “ongoing” conversations about when Green will return from suspension, but his first game is “getting closer and closer.”

Last week, Wojnarowski reported, citing sources, that Green had participated in virtual meetings with Warriors, NBA and union officials to “map his progress toward full rejoining the team.” Citing sources, he also reported that it is “generally expected” that Green's suspension will be for a period of 11 to 13 games, barring any setbacks.

The Athletics' Shams Charania reported last month, citing league sources, that Green was expected to consult and work with the Warriors and the NBA during his suspension and was “willing to undergo the necessary process” to get back into the fold to play for the Warriors, said Charania.

A day after the Nurkić incident, the NBA announced that it had suspended the four-time champion indefinitely, hoping Green would mend himself before he could return to the hardwood.

Before the suspension, Green averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 15 games this season. The Warriors went 6-4 in Green's absence.

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