The Golden State Warriors Have Broken the National Basketball Association

The Golden State Warriors Have Broken the National Basketball Association

The Golden State Warriors Have Broken the National Basketball Association

Cousins' addition to the Warriors makes them one of the risky groups that's been assembled in years, if Cousins can get back to full health. Cousins can now become a free agent in 2019 when more teams have cap space and he has a chance to prove he can return to his pre-injury form.

Cousins was having one of the best seasons of his career before suffering his Achilles injury, averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebonds and 5.4 assists in 48 games. Even if Cousins takes until, say, late February to recover from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in January, he should be back to his forceful self by the playoffs, giving Golden State's starting lineup a quintet of all-stars with which to pursue its third straight championship.

For example, Cousins was responsible for 32 percent of the field goal attempts, free throws and turnovers when he was on the court during his stint with the New Orleans Pelicans last season, second only to Joel Embiid (33 percent) among centers playing at least 1,5000 minutes in 2017-18.

Kevin Durant had signed a one-and-one deal the day prior that saved the Warriors $5 million, which essentially covered the cost of the mid-level exception they used on Cousins.

Well, this is highly shocking and the rest of the league can blame no one but themselves.

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DeMarcus Cousins was an emotional wreck and stunned no teams reached out to him as free agency wore on, so he took matters into his own hands, according to Marc Spears of the Undefeated.

That's probably fair. Still, it's unreal that the reigning National Basketball Association champions, a team with four All-Stars on its roster, was able to sign a player of Cousins' talent for less than $6 million.

But if Cousins can return to even a fraction of himself, it's a huge win for the Warriors.

They've had success with assimilating players with bad reputations and given Cousins' already strong relationship with this team's core dating back to their Team USA days, it doesn't seem to be something overly concerning.

Marc J. Spears is the senior National Basketball Association writer for The Undefeated. "He told me he got zero offers".

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