By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said on Thursday that the team cannot re-sign DeMarcus Cousins next summer. He did; however, say that he would like to get Cousins a ring.
Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal in the summer. Some critics criticized the league for allowing Cousins to sign with the Warriors.
“We made no bones about it when we signed him,” Kerr said Thursday, according to The Mercury News’ Logan Murdock. “This is a one-year deal and we’re not going to have money to sign him next year so we’d like to help him win a championship and sign a great contract somewhere else. That’s the reality.”
He took the same contract that Nick Young took with the team prior to the 2017-18 season. Young captured a ring, as the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 in the NBA Finals in June.
He has not even played for the team yet. At this time, it is not clear when he may suit up for his new team, as he recovers from an Achilles injury.
The Warriors are going to have tough decisions to make in rhe summer of 2019. Kevin Durant will likely opt-out of his contract, as he has a player option.
Durant has always said he would like to remain with the Warriors. He opted-out this summer, then re-signed with a one-and-one deal.
Splash Brother Klay Thompson is an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has already said he would not take a “hometown discount” to remain with the team.
The team is already expected to exceed the NBA’s 2019-2020 salary cap of $109 million. Golden State would like to keep two of its core four players — Stephen Curry, Durant, Thompson, and Green — to contracts. Green is up in 2020, while Curry is up in 2022.
With the pending contract extension to Thompson, it is going to limit what the team could offer to other free agents. But they may have players willing to play for a veterans minimum in hopes of playing for a championship.
The Warriors have won three out of the last four championships.
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