DeMarcus Cousins' Deal With the Warriors Broke NBA Twitter

DeMarcus Cousins' Deal With the Warriors Broke NBA Twitter

If the Golden State Warriors waltz to their third straight National Basketball Association title, they'll be wearing their Boogie shoes.

The NBA twitterverse was all abuzz Monday night after the Golden State Warriors - a team not exactly void of star power - signed free agent center DeMarcus Cousins to a $5.3 million, one-year contract, the mid-level exception to the payroll cap.

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. That caused an unhappy, just-give-them-the-trophy-now reaction among more than a few National Basketball Association fans when they learned of the Cousins news, and they were not alone.

Now it's hard to argue with the Warriors going after Cousins in free agency, but they shouldn't been in a position where they were able to.


But prior to this stunning free agency move, the new season was gearing up to be one of the most competitive and unpredictable for a long time.

What's certain right now is that the Warriors are buying low with a player who is arguably a top 10 talent in this league when fully healthy. The Warriors have historically erred on the side of caution with injuries and can certainly afford to let Cousins take his time returning due to their depth. The move is a gamble for the Warriors as they'll pay Cousins with a league exception that they could use to address other positions of need with players who may actually play this season. It's unclear when Cousins will return, how effective he'll be when he does, and how he'll fit with the Warriors once he returns. With Curry, Durant and Thompson all more efficient with the ball in their hands, it makes sense for Cousins to defer to them more often than he has other teammates in the past. "If Cousins returns to form, the Warriors may have to adjust to Cousins' game, but they'll become even more dominant and versatile than they've been the past four seasons".

The Warriors couldn't give Cousins the contract he wanted, but they could offer most everything else.

The Boston Celtics are the 4-1 second choice and the Houston Rockets are the 13-2 fourth choice.

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