Steve Kerr does not expect DeMarcus Cousins to be on the Warriors’ roster next season.
Golden State inked the 28-year-old center, who is sidelined as he continues to rehab from a torn Achilles, to a one-year deal in the offseason. Kerr said it’s unlikely Cousins will be with Golden State in 2019-20.
“We made no bones about it when we signed him,” the Golden State coach told reporters Thursday (via the Bay Area News Group). “This is a one-year deal and we’re not going to have money to sign him next year.
“So, we’d like to help him win a championship and sign a great contract somewhere else. That’s the reality.”
Cousins, a four-time All-Star, suffered the torn Achilles while with the Pelicans in late January and missed the rest of 2017-18. The team announced last week he was making “good progress” in his rehab from the injury and will soon begin participating in “controlled aspects” of practices.
The Warriors hold an 8-1 record this season. They’ll face the Timberwolves on Friday.