Steve Kerr not sure if Warriors will make any moves after Damian Jones injury
The Golden State Warriors suffered another unforeseen setback before getting back to full strength, as center Damian Jones tore his pectoral muscle in a Saturday night loss to the Detroit Pistons. Head coach Steve Kerr is still unsure if the team will make moves to replace Jones, given that he has logged the bulk of starts at the center position.
“We’ll see. Since this just happened, we haven’t discussed it much,” Kerr said, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “We’ll sort of kind of check on our options, see what we want to do. I haven’t talked to Bob (Myers) about our options yet.”
In the interim, the Warriors are likely to start Kevon Looney, who has been the most consistent big of a three-man committee.
Jordan Bell, who has had a futile season at both ends of the floor, will see more minutes — undeservingly so, but lucking out due to the dire need at the position — now that Kerr announced Draymond Green is unlikely to return during this five-game road trip.
DeMarcus Cousins is still possibly a month away from returning, making the acquisition of a big man a key decision to make during an important December stretch, having managed to survive a nightmarish back half of November filled with hearsay and lots of games lost.
“DeMarcus is making some strides,” Kerr said. “He’s looking a lot better to me the last couple days, the intensity of his workouts. He took part in every aspect of practice. … He will fully take part in every practice we have this week, every shootaround.”
Marcus Derrickson is an option who could be called up from the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, but he figures more as an offensive-minded power forward than a center, likely forcing the Warriors to survey their options elsewhere.
Golden State is 4-6 in itslast 10 games and has now dropped to the fourth spot in the West after a hot start to the season.