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Yesterday, the Golden State Warriors and DeMarcus Cousins agreed on a one-year, $5.3 million deal.
Cousins is recovering from an Achilles injury which will most likely have him sitting out until December or January.
What’s crazy is that when Cousins, a 6-11, 270-pound NBA all-star big man does return, he’ll be aligned with a Warriors starting lineup that has 4 other all-stars in Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
For those keeping tabs at home, he posted 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists for New Orleans before tearing his Achilles in January.
It was widely believed that Cousins would return to the New Orleans Pelicans next season.
Things shifted when the Pelicans offered Julius Randle a deal after the Los Angeles Lakers renounced his rights.
According to multiple reports, Cousins decided to sign with the Warriors because there were no other teams interested.
Cousins did what he had to do in the NBA free agency. That ties into a conversation that I had with Cousins’ high school coach, Otis Hughley.
“He’s loyal, he wants to be in New Orleans, that I know,” Hughley told me in late May on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“I would like to see him play with AD again, but the way the business model was set up, and the salary cap may make it tougher for New Orleans to step out there.”
No stranger to the hoops scene, quietly Hughley has coached in China and developed NBA big men like Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Zach Randolph and Tyson Chandler.
Hughley later coached Cousins on the pro-level when he became a Sacramento Kings assistant coach during Cousins’ first few years with the team.
“I think everybody is trying to play leverage and hoping that everybody would fall out so they could get him for 10 cents on the dollar. DeMarcus is way too smart for that.”
That’s exactly what happened. The Warriors front office is playing chess, while the rest of the NBA is playing Battleships.