DeMarcus Cousins is almost ready to make his Golden State Warriors debut.
The team is targeting the upcoming road game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 18 for Cousins to return to the court, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins plans to make his season debut against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 18, a league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 9, 2019
The 28-year-old center has not played this season as he continues to rehab from a torn Achilles. But, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that Cousins has “gotten through a barrier” in his recovery.
“All I can tell you is (his return) is closer now,” Kerr told reporters, via ESPN. “Because the last week his scrimmaging looks much better. It seems to me he’s gotten through a barrier, conditioning-wise.”
Cousins was injured in late January while with the Pelicans and missed the rest of 2017-18. He averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games with New Orleans.
Cousins signed a one year deal with the Warriors in the offseason worth $5.3 million which came as a surprise considering he was eligible for a max contract.
The Warriors have looked disinterested and unmotivated through this season. An infusion of Cousins into their lineup could be the spark the team needs to get back their championship swagger back. Currently, the Warriors are second in the Western Conference.