The Golden State Warriors received some good news today, just in time for their first preseason game tomorrow. According to a tweet by Anthony Slater, head coach Steve Kerr announced that Andrew Wiggins got his coronavirus vaccine.
Andrew Wiggins got vaccinated, per Steve Kerr. He will be available for home games this season.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 3, 2021
Wiggins’ vaccine status has been the center of controversy during the offseason and early parts of training camp. He has previously opted not to speak about it, however that did little to stop people from speculating his reasons. Last week, Warriors media day featured many questions on the topic of Wiggins’ vaccine status. Although players and other members of the organization wanted to show support for their fellow Warrior, they had to do so while maintaining the serious nature of the situation.
Prior to today, the local mandates in San Francisco would have prevented Wiggins from playing in any home games due to being unvaccinated. In addition to that, the NBA announced on Friday that players who are unvaccinated will not be paid for any games missed due to local vaccine mandates. These two factors presumably played a significant role in changing his mind.
Now that Wiggins is vaccinated, he should be eligible to practice and play for the team this season without restrictions. As for the game tomorrow, Wiggins is expected to get some playing time with the rest of the starters according to this article by ESPN’s Nick Friedell.
Kerr said that he expects Wiggins, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green all to play in Monday’s preseason opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. While the minutes remain unclear, Kerr was hopeful that his starters would play somewhere around 20 minutes.
For now, it looks like the situation has been resolved as the Warriors can finally put their full attention back on playing basketball.