All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, recovering from a torn left Achilles, has agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, league sources told ESPN.
Joining the Warriors, who already have a staggering lineup of All-NBA talent, should allow Cousins enough time to comfortably recover from his injury prior to returning to the court next season.
Cousins, who averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists and shot 35.4 percent on 3-pointers last season in 48 games, told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears he was confused and hurt that he had no offers, even from the Pelicans.
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Cousins told Spears that he called his agent and they discussed various options, including the Warriors, who lost center JaVale McGee in free agency to the Los Angeles Lakers. Sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Cousins had narrowed his choices down to Golden State and Boston.
On Monday, Cousins called Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers to discuss joining the team.
“This is my ace of spades,” Cousins said. “This is my chess move.”
“Every guy was excited,” he said.
The conversations sealed the deal, Cousins said, and he called Myers around 8 p.m. ET to say he would sign.
Cousins thanked New Orleans and its fans on Twitter after the deal was announced.
Story courtesy of Espn.com