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Sources: DeMarcus Cousins to make Warriors debut 'sometime this month'

Sources: DeMarcus Cousins to make Warriors debut 'sometime this month'

OAKLAND -- The wait for DeMarcus Cousins to join the Warriors is expected to end “sometime this month,” multiple team and league sources have told NBC Sports Bay Area in recent days.

Though several outlets reported Tuesday that Cousins is planning to make his debut with the back-to-back defending NBA champions during the two-game set in Los Angeles, beginning Jan. 18, other sources have been less specific.

“I would think sometime before the East Coast road trip,” one source said, referring to the Warriors traveling to Washington to face the Wizards on Jan. 24, before going to Boston and Indiana.

That trip would be the days after the Warriors face the Clippers on Jan. 18 at Staples Center and then play the Lakers on Jan. 21 at the same venue.

What’s clear is that, barring a setback in the next two weeks, Cousins is expected to be on the court well before the February All-Star break, as some have speculated.

Coach Steve Kerr, addressing the media prior to the Warriors-Knicks game Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, said no firm timeline has been established for Cousins to play in a game.

“All I can tell is it’s closer now because the last week his scrimmaging looks much better,” Kerr said. “And it seems to me like he’s gotten through a barrier, conditioning-wise. And it’s not easy for anybody coming off an Achilles’ injury, much less a center that carries a lot of weight and size.”

Cousins ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon last Jan. 26 and underwent surgery five days later. He has spent the last 11 months recovering and rehabilitating, and the past two months scrimmaging at increasingly faster tempos.

How Warriors' Bob Myers found positive in final Kevin Durant meeting

How Warriors' Bob Myers found positive in final Kevin Durant meeting

When Kevin Durant elected to leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets when free agency opened June 30, many criticized the way in which the two-time NBA Finals MVP handled his move from coast to coast. 

Prior to his announcement to join the Nets, Durant had Warriors general manager Bob Myers fly out to New York so he could inform him of his decision in person, He did not, however, wait for Steph Curry's plane to land before word of his move to Brooklyn had leaked out. 

While some have been critical of Durant having a face-to-face with Myers just to tell him he would not be choosing to stay with the Warriors, Myers is glad the meeting/goodbye took place.

"Here's what I wanted," Myers told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show" podcast. "Some people I had seen write that he made me fly all the way out there. I enjoy sitting and looking at you. We had a relationship. I like hearing news. I don't think we do enough of this in life. Look at me and tell me what you're thinking. Good, bad, whatever. Let's do it that way.

"I think our relationship had earned that. So for me, even hearing that he wasn't coming back in person, I'd rather have that all day long. And I appreciated that. Some people will say 'Well, you flew to New York to hear he wasn't coming back?' Absolutely. I'd fly to China to talk to him about what he wants to do. He earned that. He deserves that. I wanted that. It also gave me some closure, as far as to hear somebody, to see their body language and hear their conviction and hear all of it, was better for me than what, a text message or an Instagram announcement or a phone call. I don't want that. So I didn't know it until then."

Myers was grateful Durant wanted to talk with him face-to-face and was fully open about his decision to end his chapter with the Warriors.

"He told me to my face, which I appreciated," Myers continued. "I didn't know before then. I had a sense that it might go the other way. But part of me wanted to allow him ... this was a time, as it is with all the players, they don't owe us anything. This is their moment to be a free agent. He doesn't have to tell me. He didn't even have to say anything then. He could have said 'Tune in, I'll let you know' or he could have done whatever he wanted to do. He's earned that.

"So for me, I was hopeful that I'd get an answer and I did. And that's when he chose to give it, which was his prerogative. So when I got there, we talked about a ton of different things, but obviously, it got to that point and he said he wasn't coming back and I asked him for his thoughts and he told me what they were."

Durant's exit from the Bay closed one of the most historic runs in sports.

Since the 2014 NBA MVP arrived in Oakland, the Warriors nearly were unbeatable, winning two NBA championships before losing a third after Durant ruptured his Achilles and Klay Thompson tore his ACL. At full strength with Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors were the greatest collection of talent in NBA history. A runaway freight train that couldn't be stopped once it went into high gear. A unit that had no problem toying with opponents for long stretches due to sheer boredom before turning it on and blowing the other team away.

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Durant will spend the next year in rehab, hoping to make his return to the court in the 2020-21 season, while the Warriors enter the next season unsure of what the future holds. Can Curry, Green and new-addition D'Angelo Russell keep the Warriors alive until Thompson returns from his ACL rehab near the end of the season?

It's a new day in the NBA, but the Warriors and Durant always will have those three historic years.

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

Check out Chase Center's progress ahead of Warriors' home opener

If you haven't been paying attention to any progression photos for the new Chase Center, that's OK -- some people just want to be surprised when the Oct. 24 home opener comes around.

This post isn't for those people.

A photo recently surfaced to show that the new home of the Warriors is coming together nicely:

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Chase Center recently just added an outdoor video board and the word "huge" doesn't do it justice -- it covers an entire portion of the building.

And some internal views:

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A preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers will be played in the San Francisco arena Oct. 5.

The Warriors will host Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in the regular-season home opener Oct. 24.