The Golden State Warriors officially assigned center DeMarcus Cousins to their G League affiliate — the Santa Cruz Warriors — on Monday as he continues to recover from a torn left Achilles tendon.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said last week that Cousins would soon begin practicing with their G League affiliate as part of his lengthy recovery.
Per multiple reports, the Warriors planned to give Cousins some rehab time with Santa Cruz on Monday and Wednesday. Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Warriors’ plan is for Cousins to get in some 5-on-5 scrimmaging with Santa Cruz today.
He will then join Golden State in Oakland, practice with the parent club on Tuesday and go back to Santa Cruz for another workout on Wednesday.
Per Letourneau, there are no plans for Cousins to play in any games with Santa Cruz. Cousins’ younger brother, Jaleel Cousins, is a center on the Santa Cruz roster.
ESPN’s Marc J. Spears reported Sunday that Cousins is expected to participate in a full workout with the Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday. Per Spears, Cousins is expected to take part in every aspect of Santa Cruz practice he wishes to.
DeMarcus Cousins is expected to scrimmage in the G-League Warriors’ upcoming practices and take part in every aspect of practice he wants to. https://t.co/wF8USv3AoV
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) December 10, 2018
Cousins hasn’t played since last January, when the catastrophic tendon injury prematurely ended his eighth NBA season while playing for the Pelicans.
It also eliminated what would have been a massive free-agent contract for the six-time All-Star, at which point he elected to take a cut-rate, one-year deal with the Warriors to rehab and, when finally healthy, help them pursue their fourth championship in five seasons (and his first).
When he does return to the court, he’ll give the Warriors an unprecedented fifth active All-Star.