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DeMarcus Cousins Signs One-Year With Warriors

July 03, 2018 - 10:04 am

By Joe Schiller

If you can’t beat em’, join ‘em. That’s what kind of league the NBA and DeMarcus Cousins has continued what’s already been an insane first week of free agency.

Yesterday, Cousins made the shocking move to take a major pay cut and sign a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Cousins averaged 25.2 points per game in 48 games with the New Orleans Pelicans last season before suffering a torn Achilles tendon in late January. Despite the fact that he won’t likely be healthy until December or January, it doesn’t matter for the Warriors.

There’s no rush for Cousins to return. The back-to-back champions don’t have to worry about the regular season given the immense talent that’s already on their roster.

While he’s had his colorful moments over the course of eight seasons, there’s no denying that Cousins is one of the best centers in the NBA when healthy. The Warriors lacked a true presence down low and have finally found that.

LeBron James’ path to the NBA Finals was already a mountain to climb once he announced his signing with the Lakers and it looks like Mount Everest now. Unless they can land Kawhi Leonard, the roster feels eerily similar to what James was working with in Cleveland, but he’s sporting a different colored uniform.

Assuming everyone is healthy, the Warriors’ starting five will be Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. Having four All-Stars in the starting lineup is always helpful but how about five?

At this point, Adam Silver might just hand over the trophy to Steve Kerr and company.

Cousins has been searching for his first ring and he just about guaranteed it with this move.