The Golden State Warriors have signed DeMarcus Cousins to a 1-year contract worth the mid-level exception of $5.3 million. Boogie gets to take his time with no pressure from his team to return from this injury, and after probably winning an National Basketball Association title, he can hit free agency again, in a summer with far more money available.
The four-time All-Star center knew his stock was down as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon, but he was nearing a $200 million deal before the injury and to not even get a sniff of an offer was a jolt. One can understand why a player who averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists last season would want something more than a meeting on the books in a few days, particularly in a market moving as fast as this.
The Warriors already boasted arguably the greatest quartet - Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green- in National Basketball Association history. The Warriors have historically erred on the side of caution with injuries and can certainly afford to let Cousins take his time returning due to their depth.
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What's certain right now is that the Warriors are buying low with a player who is arguably a top 10 talent in this league when fully healthy. Sports book BetmyBookie wildly overreacted to LeBron James agreeing to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and briefly made the Lakers the favorites to win the title early Monday. While it will be interesting to see what timetable the Warriors will have for their newcomer, Cousins still says he plans to be ready to play when training camp begins in Oakland, California, in late September. The team that has won three out of the last four championships added a four-time All-Star who could have received a max contract elsewhere.
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According to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, that number would be zero. "He told me he got zero offers".