Warriors GM Bob Myers won't rule out DeMarcus Cousins' return in 2019

Warriors GM Bob Myers won't rule out DeMarcus Cousins' return in 2019

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made it clear on Thursday that the team won't have the money to re-sign center DeMarcus Cousins next summer. On Friday, his general manager wasn't so quick to shut the door.

Bob Myers told Greg Papa on "Warriors Pregame Live" that he would not rule out Cousins' return to Golden State next summer. 

"Options are open, Pap, like anything," Myers said Friday evening. "If you would've asked me a year ago before this if he was gonna be an option for us, I'd say, 'No way, that's crazy!' But he came. He came for a lot less than [what] his market value was. 

"These type of predictions -- good or bad -- are pretty fruitless because you just don't know. You don't know what's going to be going on on July 1, 2019. You don't know if it's going to be better than you think ... but it's not going to be what you think. So, with a guy like DeMarcus, who knows? If he wants to come back, let's bring him back."

Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors in July. The Warriors could only re-sign Cousins to a contract worth 120 percent of that value, which is still far lower than what the four-time All-Star is likely to command in the open market next summer. 

“We made no bones about it when we signed him,” Kerr said Thursday. “It’s a one-year deal. We’re not going to have money to sign him next year. He knows that. So we’d like him to help us win a championship. And we’d like to help him get a great contract next year, somewhere else.”

Myers said Cousins, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon, still has a way to go before he can play.

"It doesn't resemble the speed and pace and physicality of even a hard practice right now," Myers said of Cousins' current on-court regimen, which does include some scrimmages. "It's a light ... I'd say light contact. They're not banging each other like they would.

"He misses playing basketball, so a lot of it's psychological, too. Let's get you back out there, feel the ball, touch the ball, put some shots up, play some defense, and each day get a little bit quicker and a little bit stronger."

Warriors continue to ache from the most detrimental injury list in the NBA

Warriors continue to ache from the most detrimental injury list in the NBA

SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors left for Los Angeles on Tuesday shortly after posting an injury report that is the longest and surely the most roster-altering in the NBA. It runs seven deep and includes three starters, two of them All-Stars in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Asked if he’d ever seen anything like it, coach Steve Kerr replied with a single word.

“No,” he said. “I’m not going to expound it either.”

Six weeks removed from training camp, only four players – Ky Bowman, Marquese Chriss, Jordan Poole and Glenn Robinson III – have escaped the trainer’s room.

With five games over an eight-day span beginning Wednesday against the Lakers in LA, here is an alphabetical status update on each player:

Steph Curry

The two-time MVP and franchise focal point for the past seven seasons sustained a broken left hand on Oct. 30 and underwent hand surgery on Nov. 1, after which the Warriors announced he will be re-evaluated in three months. When Curry addressed the media on Monday, he was wearing a heavy protective sleeve that runs from his left hand to his forearm. He also disclosed that he will undergo a second operation in December to remove pins inserted in the original procedure.

Curry also was firm in announcing his intention to return sometime this season.

Timeline for clearance: Undetermined. Obviously not before February.

Jacob Evans III 

The 6-foot-4 guard in his second season, who was expected to be in the team’s rotation, has missed the last eight games with a left adductor strain.

“Jacob, from what I heard (Monday) talking with him directly and our training staff, is still at least a couple weeks away,” Kerr said.

Timeline for clearance: Undetermined. It likely will be at least a month before he returns, so around mid-December.

Kevon Looney

The 6-foot-9 center-forward, scheduled to be at least a part-time starter, has not played since opening night, after which he was diagnosed with neuropathy, a condition related to the nervous system. It’s treatable but not necessarily curable. The effects of his condition might be permanent.

“He’s working out every day, getting some good work in,” Kerr said.

Timeline for clearance: Undetermined. The Warriors would be delighted if he returns next month. Looney might always have some level of restriction.

Damion Lee

The two-way guard, in his second season in that role with the Warriors, was diagnosed Tuesday with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand. He is one of four players that played in each of the team's first 10 games.

“We’re hoping it’s just a few weeks,” Kerr said Tuesday.

Timeline for clearance: Undetermined. Barring complications, the second week of December is a reasonable expectation.

Alen Smailagic 

The 19-year-old forward, drafted in the second round, sustained a right ankle sprain on the first day of training camp. He wore a boot for several weeks, but now is rehabbing.

“Smailagic told me he dunked today, which is a good sign,” Kerr said. “He was excited about that, so his ankle is improving.”

Timeline for clearance: He could be cleared for contact over the next 10 days and conceivably be available late during the Nov. 17-22 road trip.

Omari Spellman 

The versatile forward/center was playing well, particularly on offense, before spraining his left ankle last Saturday at Oklahoma City. He did not play Monday night and did not practice Tuesday. So, according to Kerr, Spellman is doubtful to play on Wednesday.

Timeline for clearance: Probably Friday against the Celtics. If not, he’ll go on the four-game road trip that begins Sunday at New Orleans.

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Klay Thompson 

The five-time All-Star sustained a torn left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and underwent surgery on July 1. He is rehabilitating and occasionally engaging in light one-on-one shooting sessions.

Timeline for clearance: He’s expected to miss at least another four months. There is optimism he could return in March. It’s typical for a player to sit out at least eight months – or as much as a year – after such surgery.

How Warriors' D'Angelo Russell is torching opponents in mid-range game

How Warriors' D'Angelo Russell is torching opponents in mid-range game

D'Angelo Russell is in the midst of his best stretch of basketball in his NBA career.

The numbers over his last four games are pretty incredible:

Steph Curry is out until February at the earliest and Klay Thompson just might miss the entire season.

As a result, Russell is the Warriors' focal point and the offense is running through him:

Coach Steve Kerr is making the right decision by letting the 23-year-old run things. Russell is most effective when the ball is in his hands, and he's probing the defense in high ball screen situations.

The 2019 Eastern Conference All-Star is a very good 3-point shooter, but his bread-and-butter (like Kevin Durant) is the mid-range game.

Among all guards last season, Russell made the second-most shots in the 10-to-14-foot range (113), and drilled them at a very impressive 50.7 percent clip (DeMar DeRozan went 128-for-300, which is just 42.7 percent).

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He's still finding success in that zone this year, but he's been even better from 15-to-19-feet:

Russell is bound to cool off at some point. But for now, just sit back and enjoy the "Dloading Show."

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