Reports: DeMarcus Cousins set to join the Golden State Warriors
NBA.com Global on Jul 03, 2018 08:52 AM
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A day after LeBron James agreed to join the Lakers, the two-time defending champion Warriors upped the offseason ante in a massive way, reaching a stunning agreement with six-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania was the first to report the deal.
Free agent DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2018
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the deal is for one season at $5.3 million.
Cousins will sign a one-year, $5.3M deal with Warriors, league source tells ESPN. https://t.co/LaTLH3oOTB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2018
Chris Haynes of ESPN reports that Cousins chose the Warriors over the Celtics.
ESPN Sources: DeMarcus Cousins had narrowed his choices down to Golden State and Boston.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 3, 2018
Cousins is in the midst of recovering from one of the most catastrophic injuries in sports, a ruptured Achilles tendon that ended his second season with the Pelicans at 48 games. He was averaging 25.1 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists alongside fellow All-Star Anthony Davis, putting him in line for a massive contract extension.
But fears about his recovery obviously didn't scare off the Warriors, who will be ecstatic to add yet another talent for a pittance to a team already heavily favored to win a third straight championship this season.
Depending on how Cousins recovers from his injury -- he isn't expected back until at least December -- the Warriors can now suit up an unprecedented collection of talent featuring two MVPs (Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry), three career 20-point scorers (Durant, Curry, Cousins), another career 19-point scorer (Klay Thompson) and a Defensive Player of the Year (Draymond Green) with a combined 27 All-Star Games between them, all under the age of 30.
Indeed, per Elias Sports:
According to @EliasSports, the 2018-19 Warriors will be the sixth team in NBA history - and first since the 1975-76 Celtics - to have five All-Stars from the previous season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 3, 2018
Just how unlikely was Cousins' decision? According to Charania, the Warriors didn't quite believe he was truly interested in joining them as contact first began. But talks developed rapidly on Monday, with Charania crediting phone calls from Green (on vacation in Greece), coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Meyers for sealing an improbable deal almost nobody saw coming.
Including, it seems, not even the Warriors themselves.