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DeMarcus Cousins Joins Evil Empire Warriors On 1-Year Deal

The Injured Big Man Will Likely Miss A Chunk Of The Season

July 03, 2018 - 9:28 am
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By WFAN.com

The rich just keep getting richer.

Upon the Lakers dominating headlines for 24 hours with their signings of LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and others, the Golden State Warriors decided they were done with Los Angeles hogging all of the spotlight.

On Monday night, the Warriors agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins is recovering from a torn Achillies suffered in late January. The big man has been rehabilitating the injury and hopes to be back on the court by training camp, although it remains likely he sits out the beginning of the season.

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A two-time All-NBA selection and four-time All-Star, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 48 games last season, all while shooting 35.4 percent from the three-point line and 47.0 percent from the field. 

Despite being one of the most talented big men in the NBA, Cousins did not receive much interest in free agency this summer. The 27-year-old had narrowed his choices down to Golden State and Boston, but did not receive a significant offer from any team, including the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors were able to use its taxpayer midlevel exception to sign Cousins.

Signing with Golden State allows Cousins to take his time while recovering from the significant injury. The Warriors will be in no rush to bring the big man back, as they are likely to be one of the top teams in the league with or without him.

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Cousins should have at least a few months to prove he is healthy before the end of the season, and will then re-enter the free agent market next summer when more teams have cap space.

The Warriors will become the first team since the 1975-76 Boston Celtics to have five All-Stars from the previous season (Cousins, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green). Four of the five averaged 20.0 points or more last season.