Andrew Bogut to join Warriors early after DeMarcus Cousins’ injury

Andrew Bogut will be returning to the Warriors sooner than expected.

The 34-year-old center was originally planning to make his season debut for Golden State later this week. But because DeMarcus Cousins is dealing with a sore right foot, Bogut will now play in the team’s matchup with the Spurs on Monday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters during shootaround he was unsure how many minutes Bogut would receive against San Antonio.

“I’m going to play him,” Kerr said, via the Mercury News. “He’s not playing 35 (minutes), but more than five.”

Bogut, who had been playing in Australia, was previously with Golden State from 2012-16. He re-signed with the team on a one-year contract earlier this month.  

“It just helps dramatically that we’ve been here before. We’re basically running the same stuff that we ran when he was here,” Kerr said. “He knows half of our team.

“As far as him fitting in, there’s zero adjustment period. He’s a brilliant basketball player in terms of his mind and his feel.”

The Warriors will enter their game against the Spurs atop the Western Conference with a 47-20 record.