DeMarcus Cousins did not attract much free agent interest out on the open market, mainly because he’s recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. However, the Golden State Warriors are in a position to be patient.
The Warriors added the All-Star big man on a 1-year, $5.3 million deal after he cited a significant lack of interest in his services. The deal came together quickly, and the Warriors will give him as much time as he needs.
Even though initial timelines have said December or January, Cousins will return when his leg is fully ready to absorb content and the daily grind of an NBA season.
“The goal for us is to have him in the playoffs,” general manager Bob Myers said at halftime of a recent Summer League win. “That doesn’t mean we’ll wait until the playoffs. When he’s ready to play, he’ll play. We just don’t know when that will be.”
Cousins initially suffered the injury on Jan. 26, 2018, while he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
In the meantime, the Warriors will lean on a host of young players. Veteran center JaVale McGee and Zaza Pachulia both left via free agency, meaning Kevon Looney and Jarrett Bell will likely absorb most of the playing time.
In addition to Cousins, the Warriors are also expected to add veteran power-forward Jonas Jerebko, who was recently waived by the Utah Jazz.
The Warriors, who have won three of the last four NBA championships, will start five All-Stars at some point during the 2018-19 season. Cousins told ESPN that he is hopeful to be ready for activities by training camp, but the team will use discretion when bringing him back to live game action.
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