Warriors Rumors: Jones, Cousins, Green, Livingston

The Warriors provided a handful of injury updates on their big men today, starting with the official announcement that Damian Jones has undergone pectoral surgery. While Jones will be able to start rehabbing in six weeks, he’s likely to be sidelined for five or six months, head coach Steve Kerr said today (Twitter link via Nick Friedell of ESPN.com). That could put him on track to return during the postseason.

Meanwhile, DeMarcus Cousins is expected to head to Santa Cruz sometime this month to practice with the Warriors’ G League affiliate, according to Kerr (Twitter link via Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle). Cousins could even play in a couple games for the Santa Cruz Warriors before making his debut for Golden State, which is expected to happen after Christmas.

In the short term, Draymond Green went through shootaround and is pushing to play for the Warriors tonight against Milwaukee, per Kerr (Twitter link via Friedell). While they’ll see how he looks in warmups before making a decision, it sounds like the Dubs will continue playing it safe with Green, who is coming back from a toe injury. He’ll likely sit out at least one more game.

Here’s more on the Warriors:

  • Kerr said today that the Warriors won’t use their open roster spot to add anyone for now, since they want to see how the club looks when healthy – Cousins included – before making any decisions (Twitter link via Anthony Slater of The Athletic).
  • Veteran guard Shaun Livingston isn’t sure exactly when he’ll call it a career, but tells Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders that his retirement probably isn’t too far down the road. “I mean, honestly who knows?” Livingston said. “A year, couple years? But I mean, it’s coming sooner than later. Handwriting is on the wall.” Andre Iguodala recently expressed a similar sentiment on his own career, though he’s nearly two years older than his longtime teammate.
  • In a conversation with Sam Amick of The Athletic, David West admitted that he has second-guessed his decision to retire once. It happened when he was watching Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have their shouting match at the end of that infamous game against the Clippers last month — West felt that his presence in that moment would have prevented the incident from escalating.
  • Speaking of the Green/Durant dynamic, Warriors general manager Bob Myers weighed in on that subject during a radio appearance on 95.7 The Game, as Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area relays. “I really think it’s behind us. I really do,” Myers said of the friction between the two All-Stars. “You have to flush it out, you have to get it all out there — get all your emotions out. There’s a healing part of it — you don’t get over it in 30 seconds — but you do get over it. And I honestly think they have.”
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8 thoughts on “Warriors Rumors: Jones, Cousins, Green, Livingston

  1. Ptn18

    West can still help the Warriors. He is still responsible for Paul George leaving the Pacers. He had the choice of opting out and going to San Antonio for the minimum, or opt in and play for the Pacers for $12mm. George wanted to keep the team together. West left and Larry blew the team up.
    Saw from an unreliable source the Lakers are interested in John Wall. The offer was Lonzo, Kataviuis-Pope, and either Ingram, Kuzma, or Hart. The Wizards said no, but are still talking. Magic could be realizing he might not get a tier one free agent.

    • cba93

      There is a 0 percent chance lakers 1 offered that package and 2 would get turned down. Wall is known to have negative trade value with his contract so to give up those 3 and get turned down is ridiculous. That’s a package that could pull in anthony Davis

      • sleepyfloyd

        Lol maybe half of Anthony Davis. Keep dreaming. Davis has a better chance being a Dub than a Laker.

    • x%sure

      According to RealGm, Pope would have to agree, and he would be motivated not to. I suppose there are ways to motivate him…

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