Cousins targeting after Christmas for Warriors debut

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All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is looking to make his debut with the Golden State Warriors sometime after Christmas, according to a report from Logan Murdock of the Bay Area News Group.

Cousins underwent surgery on a torn Achilles' last season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. He signed a one-year contract with the Warriors in July.

He had hoped to start seeing action sooner than the projected target date, perhaps even during the Warriors' upcoming five-game road swing, Murdock reported.

But the Warriors are practicing patience and giving Cousins time to get back into game shape.

"Cousins and the Warriors have yet to set an exact return date and have been hoping to see how Cousins responds to contact scrimmages," Murdock reported. "After Monday’s shootaround, Cousins participated in a scrimmage as coach Steve Kerr watched."

Murdock added that Cousins has experienced "no setbacks" in his recovery and "the decision to push back Cousins’ target date was made so he can regain his conditioning and enter the lineup at peak form."

Cousins, 28, averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games before the injury last season.