DeMarcus Cousins Is Reportedly Signing With the Golden State Warriors


According to reports, free-agent big man DeMarcus Cousins reached a one-year deal with the Warriors for $5.3 million. It was his first full season in New Orleans after the Pelicans acquired him in February of 2017 for a package including Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and a first-round pick.

Cousins won't be able to officially sign his new deal until the July moratorium comes to an end on Friday at 11 a.m.

Golden State used its taxpayer midlevel exception to reach a deal with Cousins, who underwent surgery in late January to fix the torn Achilles.

It was clear all year that the team was planning for this moment and they signalled their intention by making multiple mid-season trades to free up two max contract slots on their roster.

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Assuming Cousins does sign a free agent deal with the Lakers, there's a good chance the team will have to decide on which top-tier new acquisition they want to add. LeBron only got the spotlight for 24 hours and the Warriors came and stole it away, again.

Lakers are in urge to trade for arguably the best two-way player in the league, Kawhi Leonard, and one of the greatest to ever play, LeBron James. On the heels of a run to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs with a young core, Philadelphia has the cap space to sign an elite player and a promising roster to entice one.

The Golden State Warriors still hold the crown until someone proves otherwise. The Lakers would be giving up a lot of their young core and future stars but ultimately, setting themselves ahead to be favorites to take out the 2018-19 championship and de-throne the Warriors. Bosh's former agent Rob Pelinka is now the general manager of the Lakers. "He's committed to getting back and ready to play".

Cousins, a four-time All-Star, could meet with the Pelicans and Lakers on Sunday, but it is uncertain if such meetings would take place in person or over the phone. He was averaging 25.1 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists alongside fellow All-Star Anthony Davis, putting him in line for a massive contract extension.