Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said last week that Cousins (Achilles) will have a rehab appointment in mid-July, which should help established a target timeline for the big man's return to the court, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Myers noted that the Warriors inked Cousins to a one-year deal primarily with the objective of having him at full health for the postseason, but the team intends to turn him loose as soon as doctors give him the green light. Cousins previously suggested that he doesn't expect to be ready to go for training camp, but it remains unclear how much regular-season action he might miss. While Cousins is on the mend, Jordan Bell, Draymond Green and David West are expected to handle most of the early-season minutes at center.
After missing half of the past season with a torn left Achilles' tendon, Cousins will join the reigning champions on a short-term pact in attempt to rebuild his value when he hits free agency next summer. Cousins has resumed working out in a pool while he recovers from surgery to repair the Achilles' injury, but there's a good chance he'll be unavailable when the 2018-19 season gets underway. Assuming he endures no significant setbacks in his recovery, Cousins should be ready to go at some point in the first half of the season and step in as the Warriors' starting center, giving the team a lineup of five players each with multiple All-Star appearances on their respective resumes. After averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.2 three-pointers, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks and 36.2 minutes per game with the Pelicans in 2018-19, Cousins will likely see his numbers drop substantially while he's flanked by the most talented supporting cast of his career. However, his efficiency figures to improve as a result, which may be enough to keep the 27-year-old in the elite tier of fantasy centers if he shows no ill effects in his return from the serious injury.
Cousins (Achilles) posted a video Friday on his personal Twitter account featuring him running in a pool and on a treadmill.
The video offers some encouragement that Cousins is progressing in his recovery from surgery to address a torn left Achilles' tendon, but until he's back on the court, it will be difficult to gauge how the injury might impact his 2018-19 outlook. Additionally, Cousins is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July, which further muddies the 27-year-old's future. Cousins may have difficultly securing a max deal given the sketchy track records of players returning from Achilles injuries.
Cousins (Achilles) said that he is hoping to be healthy by the start of training camp, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reports.
While it's still no guarantee that Cousins will be back with the Pelicans next season, the big man has a goal in mind regardless of where his free agency takes him this offseason. While there is still no official update on Cousins' timetable, his optimism this early on is surely an encouraging sign for his ongoing rehab. Expect updates on Cousins' recovery to continue to come in as the offseason progresses.
Cousins recently returned to his offseason home in Las Vegas to continue his rehab regimen from a torn left Achilles' tendon, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Cousins, who underwent season-ending surgery Jan. 31, has been working out six days a week and has endured no setbacks to this point his rehab. The four-time All-Star is hopeful to be available for the start of the 2018-19 campaign, but his comeback from a major operation could impact his market in free agency this summer.
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