The four-time All-Star attempted to return from his Achilles injury a few weeks ago, sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. However, the team would've placed Cousins on a 10-minute playing restriction, so the All-Star big man opted to continue his rehab in order to receive more playing time upon his return.
Cousins suffered the injury January 2018 while with the New Orleans Pelicans. He hoped to re-sign with the franchise but claimed his former team didn't offer him a deal before signing a one-year, $5.4-million contract to join the Warriors.
It appears Boogie had the option to join Golden State on Wednesday when the Warriors faced the Pelicans, but he chose to wait an additional game to avoid any unnecessary storylines.
"No, I wasn't going to return against them," Cousins told Haynes before the Golden State's 147-140 win over New Orleans. "I didn't because I didn't want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask (general manager) Bob (Myers) that. I didn't want to give y'all a storyline. That's why (my return) is Friday."
Cousins will be eased into the Warriors' rotation when he returns. He averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 48 contests last season.