DeMarcus Cousins injury update: Warriors reportedly hoping center can return Jan. 18 vs. Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins seems to be nearing his return to the court.

The 28-year-old center has not played this season as he continues to rehab from a torn Achilles. But, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that Cousins has “gotten through a barrier” in his recovery.

“All I can tell you is (his return) is closer now,” Kerr told reporters, via ESPN. “Because the last week his scrimmaging looks much better. It seems to me he’s gotten through a barrier, conditioning-wise.”

The Warriors are hoping Cousins can debut for the team when they face the Clippers on Jan. 18, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. 

Kerr said earlier this week he has been impressed by Cousins’ recent workouts.

“Mainly just confidence and conditioning, confidence in his ability to get up and down the floor and play a block of minutes at a high level,” Kerr said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “And I’m seeing dramatic improvement from him over the last couple weeks with his wind, with his ability to run the floor. … It’s all been pretty exciting.”

Cousins was injured in late January while with the Pelicans and missed the rest of 2017-18. He averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games with New Orleans.

The four-time All-Star signed a one-year, $5.3 million contract with Golden State this summer.

The Warriors will host the Knicks on Tuesday. They’ll enter that matchup with a 26-14 record.