DeMarcus Cousins signs one-year, $5.4 million deal with Warriors: report
By Scott chiusano
Jul 02, 2018 | 8:55 PM
We’re going to need another adjective to describe what once was merely called a super team.
DeMarcus Cousins agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors Monday, according to reports, making the back-to-back champions even more of a juggernaut.
Cousins told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears he received zero offers before having his agent call Warriors GM Bob Meyers about potentially signing with Golden State.
LeBron James, who signed a four-year deal with the Lakers a day earlier, is probably kicking himself after jumping ship to the Western Conference, where he’ll have to go through the Warriors if he hopes to make a ninth consecutive Finals appearance.
Once Cousins is cleared to play – likely not until December or January — after finishing his rehab from last season’s Achilles tear, Golden State’s starting lineup will consist of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Cousins. That’s a combined 25 All-Star appearances among them.
Cousins will make $5.3 million on the one-year deal, representing the taxpayer mid-level exception, according to ESPN. He was making more than three times that last season with the Pelicans, who signed Julius Randle to fill the Cousins void.
Essentially, the Warriors replaced starting center JaVale McGee, the ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool’ star who signed with LeBron’s Lakers, with Cousins, an extreme upgrade at a position that has always been the lone weakness for the reigning champs. Cousins was off to a career-year last season, averaging 25.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game before the injury. The Pelicans made it to the playoffs without him, but lost in the first round…to the Warriors.
Some NBA players were predictably miffed by the move, with Twitter star Joel Embiid being the first.
Let’s not forget that Cousins once chased after Kevin Durant in the locker room after both players were ejected from a game in December of 2017. The two stars got in each other’s faces before being restrained by teammates and then sent off.