The Golden State Warriors aren’t going to rush things with DeMarcus Cousins. In fact, they’ll be happy just to have their marquee free-agent acquisition ready for the playoffs, if it comes to that.
General manager Bob Myers told the San Jose Mercury News as much at halftime of the team’s summer league game against the Houston Rockets on Sunday.
“The goal for us is to have him in the playoffs,” Myers said. “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 is expected to miss at least the start of the season recovering from his torn left Achilles tendon sustained in January.
Speaking with reporters while in Las Vegas on Friday, the day he officially signed his reported one-year, $5.3 million deal with the defending champs, Cousins said his earlier hope for a return to the court during training camp no longer seems feasible.
“I was aiming for training camp, but I’ve kind of communicated with the staff and the coaches,” Cousins said when asked about the earlier comments about being ready for camp. “It’s kind of up in the air. It’ll be when I’m ready, 100 percent ready. Then we’ll take it from there.”
He later added that being able to take his time with his return “is one of the luxuries” of joining a team with All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green already on the roster.
“I think the surgery is anywhere from eight to ten months from the time you have it,” Myers explained. “For us, it won’t be, ‘We need you to get out there tonight. It’ll be ramping it up slowly. You can’t really tell with a guy until they get on the court and does certain things.”
Before his injury, Cousins, who turns 28 next month, was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game through 48 games with the New Orleans Pelicans, figures that have never been reached by one player in a single season in NBA history.
Picked fifth overall in the 2010 draft by the Sacramento Kings, the eight-year veteran has career averages of 21.5 points, 11.0 rebounds. 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
–Field Level Media