Four-time all-star DeMarcus Cousins has officially joined the Bay Area squad on a one-year deal where he’ll only be banking $5.3 million. Cousins likely won’t see any action on the court until December or January because of a healing Achilles injury, but adding him to an already stacked lineup of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green makes them an even tougher opponent than they were last year.
Some may accuse the Warriors of loading an already stacked team, but according to Boogie, not one of the league’s 29 other teams offered him a deal—including the Pelicans, where he played last season. The Warriors weren’t exactly looking to sign Cousins either, until he picked up the phone himself and called Warriors GM Bob Myers.
“I talked to a very emotional DeMarcus Cousins. Keep in mind, he had that Achilles injury right after the All-Star break and in the back of his mind, he wondered if it really was going to affect him majorly in free agency, and it did. He told me he got zero offers. Zero offers. This is a four-time All-Star, one of the best players in the world. Zero offers. So he was certainly hurt. He said about 5 a.m. in Vegas, he got on his balcony, thought about everything, called his agent, woke him up, and started talking about different scenarios, and one of the scenarios was going to the Warriors,” Marc Spears said on SportsCenter late Monday night.
Spears also mentioned that Cousins spoke with Curry, Durant, and Green to make sure they’d be okay with him joining the team and they were excited for him to be the third splash brother.
As NBA free agency continues, the Western Conference gets more and more competitive.