OAKLAND — Injured center DeMarcus Cousins joined the Warriors on Tuesday for the first time since rupturing his quad last week.
But don't take that as a sign he'll be back this season.
"Who knows," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after practice. "But at this point, conservatively, it's highly unlikely."
Cousins, who injured his quad in Game 2 last Monday, participated in the team's morning film session and went through a rehab session with Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. Following practice, Cousins made a brief appearance on the floor with Warriors staffers without a limp.
In the days following his injury, Cousins has been away from the team as the Warriors traveled to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4 of the NBA first-round playoff series against the Clippers. For the time being, Golden State is functioning as if Cousins will not be back in the near future.
"Not great, as you'd expect," Kerr when he asked about the prospects of Cousins' return this season. "But it was good to see him, obviously — we've been gone six days. We'll see what happens in a few weeks once we have a better sense of his healing and his ability to maybe get on the court."
The Warriors didn't put an exact timetable on Cousins' return following the injury, holding out hope the big man could make a return.
“You're probably looking at a couple months’ recovery, so it's unlikely," Kerr said last week. "But Rick told me that there are occasions where that injury heals faster. So we're leaving the door open, obviously."
This season has been arguably the roughest of Cousins' career. After tearing his Achilles last January, he signed with the Warriors for $5.3 million when he said he didn't field any significant offers in free agency.
As a result of the injury, Cousins missed the first 45 games of this season, making his Warriors debut Jan. 18 against the Clippers. In his final 15 games of the season, he averaged 17.3 points (on 51 percent shooting), 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in hopes of a summer payday.
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In just his second career postseason game, his hopes for a big contract this summer took a hit with the quad injury.
"More than anything, I'm just crushed for DeMarcus," Kerr said last week. "He's been waiting his whole career for [the playoffs], and then the second game, he goes down after putting all that work in to recover from the Achilles. And he's had a great season for us — he's really come along the last month or so. I just feel bad for him."