By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Instead of signing with the new LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers, or another team in the NBA, free agent power forward/center DeMarcus Cousins has signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. He will be paid $5.3 million for the 2018-19 season.
The Lakers were interested in adding Cousins. However, the pool to join the back-to-back reigning World Champions were too much.
The deal with the four-time All-Star has not been publicly announced yet.
Cousins is expected to miss the first several months of the season. He is still recovering from a torn Achilles that he suffered as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
There will be no urgency for Cousins to return to the lineup, as Golden State has an All-Star at nearly every position besides center. When he gets healthy, though, he will give the Warriors a low-post presence that the team has not had in recent years.
Despite not having a low-post presence, Golden State has been able to win three of the last four championships. Kevin Looney is expected to start at center, while Cousins, when healthy, will likely come off the bench.
The coaching staff may have to adjust Cousins game, as the team has been mainly a three-point shooting team. By adjusting, we mean, that the coaching staff may ask him to speed up his low-post game, as the Warriors would like to get off a lot of shots per game.
Yet, despite all that, this move could make the Warriors a more versatile team at least when he’s healthy, if everything works out.
The 27-year-old, who will turn 28 on August 13th, spent a year and a half with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, this season, he made 48 starts, before his injury.
He averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.6 blocks prior to the Achilles injury.
Before being traded to the Pelicans, he played six-and-a-half years with the Sacramento Kings. In his career, through 535 games and 513 starts, he’s averaging 21.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.
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