The Golden State Warriors officially introduced their latest major addition to the roster on Thursday morning with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
Much of the chatter surrounding Cousins has concerned his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered back in January that he has yet to reveal how far along he is in the rehab process. According to Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle, the 27-year-old clarified that he still doesn’t have a target return date in mind for next season.
There have been various timetables that have been thrown out over the last couple of weeks since he agreed to join the Warriors next season on a one-year, $5.3 million. Much of that has centered around the possibility of him being back on the court at some point in early 2019 around January or February as he’s dealing with an injury that typically takes between nine months to a year to have a full recovery from.
At the same time, the Warriors have made it clear that they are not going to rush him back sooner than he is ready to do so physically as it’s a potentially career-altering ailment that he’s recovering from. There is also no pressure for him to be back on the floor at the start of the season as the team has shown that they can win a championship behind the play of their four other All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
All of this opens up the opportunity for Cousins to get back at his own pace and find his place in the mix when he’s confident that he’s able to do play. This should make the recovery process much more smooth and transition back to the court an easier task for him. Ultimately, it is a situation that the Warriors will let play out as the season rolls along.
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