DeMarcus Cousins is headed to the Golden State Warriors. In a shocking move, the Warriors inked the All-Star big man to a 1-year, $5.3 million-dollar contract. Of course, Cousins is still rehabbing his ruptured Achilles Heel. Many thought the New Orleans Pelicans or Los Angeles Lakers were the front runners for his services. When Cousins returns from injury, Golden State will have five All-Stars in their starting lineup. Cousins, who averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists and shot 35.4 percent on 3-pointers last season in 48 games, told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears he was confused and hurt that he had no offers, even from the Pelicans. Cousins told Spears that he called his agent and they discussed various options, including the Warriors, who lost center JaVale McGee in free agency to the Los Angeles Lakers.
When I questioned where Cousins should go, Golden State wasn’t thought of. On Monday, Cousins called Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers to discuss joining the team. “This is my ace of spades,” Cousins said. “This is my chess move.” After the details had been discussed, Cousins said he had “great” conversations with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, all of whom were his teammates on Team USA. “Every guy was excited,” he said. The conversations sealed the deal, Cousins said, and he called Myers around 8 p.m. ET to say he would sign. Golden State used its taxpayer midlevel exception to reach a deal with Cousins, who underwent surgery in late January to repair the torn Achilles. He has been rehabilitating the injury and told Spears he is aiming to be recovered by training camp.
The move gives Cousins an outstanding chance to recover from his injury, show he is healthy and rejoin the free-agent market next summer. This year’s market had dried up on Cousins, who struggled to find a team willing to give him a long-term contract at the kind of max-level salary that he would’ve received prior to the injury. Curry welcomed his new teammate on Twitter shortly after the news broke.
The 3rd splash Brother 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. Let’s go @boogiecousins
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 3, 2018