Cousins suffered an Achilles tear last season while still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that the big man is now more comfortable with his conditioning since joining his teammates in five-on-five scrimmages in December.
"It's closer now because the last week his scrimmaging looks much better," Kerr told reporters. "It seems to me that he's gotten through a barrier conditioning-wise. It's not easy for anybody coming from an Achilles injury, much less a center that carries a lot of weight and size. ...
"We're getting a lot closer than we were, but we don't have a specific date."
Following Golden State's blowout win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Kerr noted that Boogie could be back as early as Jan. 16 against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to the Mercury News' Mark Medina.
Cousins signed a one-year, $5.4-million deal with the two-time defending champions after struggling to find a long-term contract due to concerns over the severity of the injury.
The 28-year-old averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 boards, and 5.4 assists in 48 games last season.