Sources: Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson eyes January home games for return

The Golden State Warriors and All-Star guard Klay Thompson are targeting a January return, with key dates looming on Jan. 9 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jan. 18 against the Detroit Pistons, sources told ESPN.

They haven't ruled out a Jan. 3 game against the Miami Heat, but that is considered far less likely, sources said.

The Warriors and Thompson want his return from a two-year absence to come at home, and the Jan. 9 and Jan. 18 dates have fallen into place as strong targets as the veteran continues to ramp up his conditioning, sources said.

Thompson recently completed a productive five-day stay with Santa Cruz of the G League, where he played in three game-length scrimmages. His rehab is complete, and he is working now to elevate his conditioning as much as possible before rejoining a Warriors team that holds the NBA's best record at 24-5.

Thompson is returning from a torn left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and a right Achilles tear in a November 2020 workout.

Before Friday night's game against the Boston Celtics, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the exact timing of Thompson's return is still unclear. But Kerr said he will speak to Thompson, general manager Bob Myers and director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini when the team returns from its East Coast road trip.

"I don't know how exactly it's going to pan out right now," Kerr said. "I know that when we get back from this trip, I'll put my head together with Rick's and Klay's and we'll talk about it and Bob and we'll see where everything stands. But I know he's doing great. He was in Santa Cruz this week and had a couple good days there, so it's all going along smoothly, but we don't have a date yet."

Kerr said Thompson still could get back to Santa Cruz over the next couple of weeks for more scrimmaging.

"Sure, yeah," Kerr said. "If we deem that that's the best place for him to get a scrimmage in, then that will happen again."

ESPN's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.