Pacific Notes: Wiseman, Ayton, Kings

warriors Centre James Wiseman, who has been cleared to participate fully in training, said Monday he is getting closer to 100% and believes he will soon be able to compete in 5-on-5 scrimmages, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell (Twitter link). Wiseman also said he is interested in being assigned to the G League to get some game reps with Santa Cruz before returning to action for Golden State.

Wiseman’s knee injury cost him the chance to play in the Summer League and participate fully in training camp, but the sophomore big man believes he’s made a lot of progress since his rookie season. As NBC Sports Bay Area’s Josh Schrock points out, the 20-year-old said he’s “not lost anymore” and has a better understanding of where he needs to be, both on offense and on defense.

“I feel much more comfortable because I have a lot more experience than last year,” said Wiseman. “When I bring that to my second year, I don’t feel lost, I don’t feel confused out there. I feel like I know what I’m doing. This year is much better because I have the knowledge from last year to transfer to the second year and just build on that.”

Here’s more from around the Pacific:

  • Sun tanning Centre Deandre Ayton has met the eligibility criteria for starters, ensuring that its qualifying offering as a restricted free agent will be worth $16.4 million next summer. As we explained last month, the requirements for meeting the starting criteria have been slightly adjusted this year to take into account last season’s 72 race schedule, so Ayton was able to get there despite not having 82 starts yet for this one. season and 2020/21.
  • The kings‘ young backcourt of De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell was seen as one of the team’s key strengths going into the season, but veterans Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes have been the team’s most trusted contributors so far this season, said NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Didion. Barnes – who has two years left on his current contract – has an average of 23.3 PPG and 10.3 RPG with a 0.455 3PT%, while Holmes – who signed a new four-year deal this summer – 16.3 PPG and 10, 5 RPG with a 0.714 FG%.
  • In case you missed it, we passed on several Lakers-related comments earlier today.

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