Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw (0) shoots a three against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 21, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Patrick McCaw set to return for matchup with Pelicans

OAKLAND — After missing the past four games with a sprained sprained left ankle, Patrick McCaw is on track to return to the floor for the Golden State Warriors matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans.

“I assume he will be playing,” head coach Steve Kerr of the second-round pick, who took part in the team’s shoot around on Monday morning.

“I haven’t talked to the training staff just yet, but as of this morning he was good to go. And if that holds, I will activate him and Anderson [Varejao] will be on the inactive list tonight.”

The return of McCaw, who was the team’s most pleasant surprise of the preseason, will provide some much needed depth to the Warriors thin backcourt.

“It will be good,” Kerr said. “We’ve had a couple of blowout games where I’ve had Klay on the floor with five, six minutes left [and] I’ve got people calling, ‘Why is Klay still on the floor?’ We literally do not have any bodies to put on the floor.”

“So, we’re anxious to get Patrick back. He obviously can help us win games, but he can also help us just with the depth that we need to spread the minutes out.

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