DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors broke the internet, but he is unlikely to be able to play at the start of the 2018 season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cousins is targeting a December 2018 or January 2019 return as he continues to recover from a torn Achilles. Cousins told The Undefeated in May he was going to be ready by the start of the season, but it appears his recovery is not going as quickly as he initially expected.
“I’m looking forward to starting the season,” Cousins explained to The Undefeated. “That’s my own personal goal, so we’ll see what happens. That’s what I’m working on. The doctors haven’t really given me an answer because of the time I injured myself and the amount of time that I have. It’s basically open field because I have so much time. But for me, I’m shooting to be ready for training camp.”
With JaVale McGee heading to the Lakers to join LeBron James, the Warriors may be in the market for another big man to fill in for Cousins at the start of the season. Cousins injury setback could explain why he was willing to sign a one year, $5.3 million deal with the Warriors given the timid free agent market. When the Pelicans originally traded for Cousins, he was considered a favorite to earn a new max contract when his deal expired.
When Cousins does return, he is likely to play center for the Warriors. Cousins gives the Warriors an all-star at every position in their starting lineup.
Source: Heavy Sports