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Kevon Looney is headed to Santa Cruz

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The Warriors fifth-year center will get some rehab time practicing with the G League.

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Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney is headed to Santa Cruz. According to a report from The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, the fifth-year pro has been assigned to the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s affiliate.

This is good news for the Warriors, as it suggests that Looney is making progress. After missing all of training camp due to what was diagnosed as a hamstring injury, Looney started the season opener for the Warriors. But he was pulled before halftime, and hasn’t played since, with what is being described as a nerve issue.

The Santa Cruz assignment suggests that Looney is progressing, and nearing a return.

Don’t expect Looney to play any games for Santa Cruz. It’s unlikely that the plan is for him to play there, rather than just to practice. G League teams practice more regularly than NBA teams, due to the lighter schedule, so many teams assign rehabbing players to the G League just so they can get more court time.

Golden State notably did this last year with DeMarcus Cousins, and the Indiana Pacers are currently doing so with All-Star Victor Oladipo.

So, sorry Santa Cruz fans: You’re unlikely to see Looney coming to a court near you. But on the bright side, you might see him at Chase Center in the near future.