DeMarcus Cousins and the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a one year 5 million dollar deal. The four-time NBA All-Star was drafted 5th overall. In the 2010 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He was then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans on February 2017. If Cousins wasn’t traded to the Pelicans and had remained with the Sacramento Kings. He would’ve been eligible for a 5-year deal that would’ve been worth over 200 million.
However, since the New Orleans Pelicans hadn’t drafted Cousins and he wasn’t coming off his rookie contract. New Orleans was only able to offer Cousins a 180 million dollar deal. Cousins averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds (for them) in 48 games last season.
The Pelicans was 27-21 when he tore his Achilles and suffered a season-ending injury. The injury caused a level of concern for many organizations. Which clearly hurt Cousins free agent value. Many NBA teams just weren’t comfortable offering DeMarcus a max deal. Coming off such a serious injury.
However, with the Warriors already winning 3 out the last 4 NBA Championships. They had no problem offering Cousins the mid-level exceptions to play for them. With JaVale McGee boating the team for Los Angeles. DeMarcus Cousins will be welcomed in Golden State with open arms.
Cousins isn’t expected to return to actions before December or January. But this signing allows him the opportunity to come back and show the world he’s healthy and worthy of a bigger deal when he becomes a free agent in 2019.