Warriors forward Alen Smailagic will miss at least the next four weeks after undergoing successful surgery to repair a right meniscal tear, the team announced Monday.
Smailagic, who has not played in the first six games of the season, had the procedure performed Monday morning at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in South San Francisco by Dr. Chris Lehman. Smailagic, 20, will begin rehabilitation immediately and will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.
A long-term project with impressive athleticism, shooting touch and hustle, Smailagic was selected No. 39 overall in the 2019 draft. In 14 games with Golden State last season, Smailagic averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 9.9 minutes.
Prior to this setback, the Warriors had hoped to mold Smailagic into a floor-spacing big man, but this injury was a tough blow to his development. It’s unclear where Smailagic fits into Golden State’s rotation upon his return.