Golden State Warriors Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins to debut on Jan. 18

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Rumor has it the Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins is set to make his season debut against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 18th.

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According to multiple reports, DeMarcus Cousins will be making his season debut on January 18th when the Golden State Warriors fly down to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. This news comes less than an hour after head coach Steve Kerr announced that they would be “incorporating DeMarcus at some point” in the team’s next 20 games.

The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported via Twitter that the defending champs were looking at their upcoming Los Angeles trip for Cousins’ return to action. They play both the Clippers and the Lakers during that trip, on the 18th and 21st  of January, respectively.

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About 10 minutes later, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that his sources have told him that Cousins’ debut would take place on the first game of the LA trip.

Cousins tore his Achilles on January 26th last year as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. The center stunned the NBA in the summer when he chose the star-studded Warriors as the team he would rehab with, signing a one-year, $5.3 million deal.

Cousins recently ramped up the intensity of his workouts, joining the team for full practice.

One of the best big men in the league before he got hurt, Cousins will provide size and a scoring punch to a team that is thin at the center position, especially in the wake of Damian Jones‘ season-ending injury. Kerr has struggled to find ways to maximize his current roster–including two-time MVP Stephen Curry–so incorporating Cousins will certainly be a challenge, but one that every coach in the league would love to have.

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Cousins was selected to the All-Star team for the fourth straight season last year. He posted averages of 25.1 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field with two 3-pointers per game.