Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins continues to make steady progress from a ruptured left Achilles tendon but there’s no timetable for his return, coach Steve Kerr told Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News.
“He’s right on schedule. He hasn’t had any setbacks. He’s doing well,” Kerr said. “Beyond that, there’s nothing. No prediction. Especially with an Achilles injury, you have to wait and see how the player responds once he’s on the court and moving at full speed.”
It’s been generally assumed that the Warriors will be very patient with Cousins, who stunned the basketball world by signing a one-year, $5.337MM contract with the two-time defending champions. It would be a big surprise if Cousins was in uniform to start the season. A return somewhere around the holidays seems more likely.
Golden State’s main aim is to have Cousins provide another dimension to already fearsome offense during the postseason.
“It’s great to have DeMarcus on board because it’ll change our look a little bit,” Kerr said.
Until Cousins comes back, the Warriors will likely start Jordan Bell and also use a lot of smaller lineups.