DeMarcus Cousins is one of the biggest stars in the game, and the newest All-Star to join the Golden State Warriors is reportedly planning to return to action after Chrismas, per Logan Murdock of the Bay Area News Group. Murdock writes:
The determination was made during a meeting on Friday, Nov. 23 between Cousins and Golden State’s training staff, including head trainer Rick Celebrini, according to sources. Before the meeting, Cousins was hoping to join the lineup during the team’s upcoming five-game road trip, according to sources. Nonetheless, there have been no setbacks in his recovery process and the decision to push his target date back was made so Cousins can regain his conditioning and enter the lineup at peak form, according to a source. Cousins is expected to be re-evaluated on his progress Tuesday, according to a source.
Cousins is coming back from an Achilles tear that ended his 2017-18 season prematurely and indirectly led to his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Cousins was playing some of the best basketball of his career with the New Orleans Pelicans last season. He was a bona fide superstar alongside Anthony Davis and looked poised to sign a max contract in the summer.
But after his Achilles injury sidelined him, that max contract offer never came. Cousins was put in between a rock and a hard place. He needed the right situation, and it turns out Golden State is the perfect situation.
Despite the early-season struggles in the Bay Area, there's no rush to come back early. A return after Christmas is no problem for the stacked Warriors. Even though DeMarcus Cousins seems eager to return, the Warriors don't want to take any chances with his health.
The most important thing for Golden State is to be healthy for the playoffs.