Report: DeMarcus Cousins wanted to join Warriors within two weeks, will wait until after Christmas

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There had been chatter DeMarcus Cousins would return for the Warriors’ Christmas game against the Lakers.

But Cousins – who tore his Achilles last January – apparently won’t play that soon.

Logan Murdock of The Mercury News:

Warriors’ center DeMarcus Cousins is targeting a return from his torn Achilles sometime after Christmas, sources tell the Bay Area News Group.

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.

If Cousins was hoping to play by the end of that road trip, which ends 11 days from now, that must mean he’s getting close.

Even with Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bickering, Stephen Curry injured and a recent four-game losing streak, Golden State is still 14-7 and second in the Western Conference. This team is so talented.

When Cousins returns, the Warriors will get even more dangerous – even if they need time to fit it all together. The sooner that process starts, the better, though there’s obviously also no need to rush back Cousins.