DeMarcus Cousins to practice with Warriors' G League team

NBA.com Global on Dec 11, 2018 07:34 AM
DeMarcus Cousins to practice with Warriors' G League team
FILE - Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins, left, smiles while posing for photos for a news photographer during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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The Golden State Warriors officially assigned center DeMarcus Cousins to their G League affiliate - the Santa Cruz Warriors - on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) 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 plan to give Cousins some rehab time with Santa Cruz on Monday and Wednesday (Tuesday and Thursday, PHL time). 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 tonight for Timberwolves-Warriors, practice with the parent club on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) and go back to Santa Cruz for another workout on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

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.

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.

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