DeMarcus Cousins is ready to make his debut with the Golden State Warriors throughout the staff’s Los Angeles highway journey later this month, in accordance to two sources with data of the staff’s plans.
The Warriors will play the Clippers on Jan. 18 and the Lakers on Jan. 21, and Cousins is predicted to make his return from a torn Achilles’ tendon he sustained in late January 2018 in a type of two video games, in accordance to the individuals, who weren’t approved to talk about the state of affairs publicly.
Warriors Coach Steve Kerr, talking to reporters earlier than the staff’s dwelling sport Tuesday night time in opposition to the Knicks, wouldn’t give a particular timetable for Cousins’ first sport this season however acknowledged that it could be sooner slightly than later.
“It’s closer now,” Kerr stated. “It seems to me he’s gotten through a barrier conditioning-wise.”
Cousins was within the midst of his finest skilled season with the New Orleans Pelicans final Jan. 26, when he tore his left Achilles late in a victory over the Houston Rockets.
The harm price Cousins his first journey to the playoffs after six and a half fruitless seasons with the Sacramento Kings and finally led him to signal a one-year, $5.three million deal in July with Golden State, together with his worth deflated amid issues about how he would get well from the setback.
The Warriors have been keen to see Cousins on the ground to lastly tackle what has been one of many league’s most continuously requested questions since they signed him: How will Cousins mesh on the ground alongside 4 fellow All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green?
But the Warriors — regardless of a well-chronicled lack of dimension on their roster — have additionally been cautious when it comes to bringing Cousins again from what has traditionally been some of the unforgiving accidents for basketball gamers.
The staff’s resolve has held to date regardless of a tough season for Warriors facilities. Damian Jones, who was anticipated to increase his position this season, tore his left pectoral muscle and is predicted to be out for the season. With Jordan Bell struggling to keep a spot in Kerr’s rotation, including Cousins would clear up the largest gap for a staff that has typically underperformed regardless of the presence of a number of stars.
Because of his persevering with restoration, Cousins, 27, was pressured to settle for a one-year deal definitely worth the league’s taxpayer midlevel exception, in accordance to two individuals accustomed to the contract who weren’t approved to talk about it publicly.
New Orleans was initially planning to signal Cousins to a profitable contract this summer time earlier than he sustained the season-ending harm. But the mixture of fears over Cousins’s restoration in addition to the fast evaporation of funds for the groups that had been anticipated to pursue him — such because the Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks — left him with little market.
As a consequence, Cousins determined to spend the season with the staff that has gained three of the N.B.A.’s final 4 championships. The lack of urgency to have him within the lineup has given him time to proceed his rehabilitation with out going through stress to rush his re-entry. Cousins has nonetheless but to seem in an N.B.A. playoff sport after eight seasons within the league, lacking out on his first journey to the postseason in April due to the harm.
When Cousins does play in opposition to the Clippers or Lakers, Golden State will change into the primary staff for the reason that Boston Celtics in 1975-76 to give you the option to put 5 reigning All-Stars on the ground.
The Celtics did it that season with a lineup of Jo Jo White, Charlie Scott, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and John Havlicek.