Steve Kerr likely got on the end of many a nerve this week after announcing that the Golden State Warriors won't be re-signing DeMarcus Cousins next year due to financial constraints. However, the team's general manager Bob Myers won't be giving up that easily.
Cousins, who is still recovering from an Achilles injury suffered last season, signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the NBA's reigning champions in the summer. But Kerr has said, rather bizarrely, that he's going to try to help the center land a healthy deal on another team.
Myers, though, spoke about the player's future with Greg Papa on Warriors Pregame Live on Friday and was way more optimistic.
"Options are open, Pap; like anything. 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," he explained, per NBC Sports' Marcus White.
"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."
The Dubs will be obligated to cough up 120 percent of the $5.3 million they signed the player for if they want to re-sign him when he becomes a free agent next year. And, while that will still be nowhere close to his value, especially if he returns to have a good season, Kerr wasn't considering the possibility when he spoke during the week.
“We made no bones about it when we signed him,” the coach said on 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.”
As it relates to Cousins' recovery, Myers revealed that the player is being put through minimal contact as he works his way back.
"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."