All-star center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the two-time defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. Cousins, who is coming off of a torn left Achilles, will likely miss some time in the upcoming season. Cousins has said that his goal is to return by training camp. He has stated that ‘I’m still shooting for training camp. It’s not BS. It wasn’t a comment just to sound good in free agency.’ Some experts are saying not to expect Cousins back on the floor till at least the all-star break.
This move by Cousins and the Warriors has sent the NBA community on fire, Jae Crowder responded to the shocking move by tweeting this…
WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE GUYS.!?? 🤔🤔😂😂😂😂
— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) July 3, 2018
Patrick Beverley also shared some of his thoughts on the signing…
Man cmon man!!!!
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) July 3, 2018
Stephen Curry, who is now a teammate of Cousins showed his reactions…
The 3rd splash Brother 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. Let’s go @boogiecousins
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 3, 2018
What does this signing mean for the rest of the NBA?
Adding Cousins to the Warriors makes some NBA fans feel that Golden State is virtually unstoppable. When you add debatably the best center in basketball to the two-time defending champions who already have four other all-stars and two former MVPs, the sky’s the limit. After Javale McGee signed with the Lakers, the Warriors quickly made up the ground lost by replacing JaVale McGee with DeMarcus Cousins.
The Boston Celtics were also in the running for Cousins, but ultimately it seems like Cousins wanted to have the best opportunity to win a championship, and it looks like he will be in great position by joining a Warrior team filled of proven winners.
DeMarcus Cousins made $18 million last season with the Pelicans, and he will now make $5.3 million next season with the Warriors after taking a giant paycut. Some teams had expressed their concern in Cousins’ injury and did not want to offer max money to Cousins, but clearly the money was not what was on Cousins mind this free agency.
Another question following this move is what’s next for the New Orleans Pelicans? They were able to sign former Phoenix Sun Elfrid Payton, but they have now lost Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins in free agency. The Pelicans now seem to be back to square one. Anthony Davis no longer has a dominant big man playing alongside of him and will miss a great facilitator in Rajon Rondo. Will the Pelicans try and surround Anthony Davis with more pieces, or will they look to move Davis for pieces to spark a potential rebuild? Only time will tell. But, what we do know is that the Warriors will be heavy favorites to bring home their third straight title after this huge signing.