DeMarcus Cousins is willing to bet on his health, while playing for a chance to win his first NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors. The 27-year-old all-star leaves the New Orleans Pelicans 17 months after they traded for him.
Cousins is slated to make $5.3 million. He will eat up the Warriors' mid-level exception, which does not count towards the NBA luxury tax. Without any financial penalties, the Warriors saw a risk worth taking. It is a risk that could turn into a third consecutive title, the fourth in five years for the Warriors.
Golden State signing DeMarcus Cousins is a win for both sides.
The Golden State Warriors upped the ante for each of the teams that are chasing them. One of those teams are the Los Angeles Lakers.
On Sunday, the Lakers made the biggest free agency move in years with their addition of LeBron James. Once ESPN announced that LeBron James was joining the Lakers on a four-year deal, it was believed that his presence would make it easy for DeMarcus Cousins and others to join him.
The Lakers were able to acquire JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, and Rajon Rondo. Each player will help LeBron James and his quest to challenge the Warriors. For several hours what the Lakers did was enough.