The Westgate sports book quickly made Golden State a minus-150 favorite to win its third straight National Basketball Association championship while dropping the Lakers to the 9-2 third choice. They pulled off the surprise of the summer: a one-year, $5.3 million bargain deal with free agent DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins, however, is much, much better than your typical MLE pickup.
What may be even more stunning is the amount of teams besides the Dubs who were in pursuit of Boogie.
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.
Cousins told Spears that he called his agent to discuss his options, which included the Warriors after JaVale McGee made a decision to join the Lakers as a free agent.
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It's true that Cousins' Achilles injury should be a point of consternation for NBA teams, but enough to scare 29 others from taking a gamble worth only $5.3 million with All-NBA upside?
The 26-year-old didn't stop there, turning his attention to the head of the National Basketball Association, commissioner Adam Silver, who said before the Cousins signing that the National Basketball Association and its fans should "celebrate excellence" and called the Warriors an "aberration".
Lacob, league sources say, squirmed while his Western Conference rivals appeared to be making upgrades as the Warriors stood pat, particularly the Oklahoma City Thunder, who retained Paul George and added center Nerlens Noel. 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.
Naturally, the Warriors' Stephen Curry had a more positive reaction, jokingly referring to Cousins as the third "Splash Brother", along with himself and teammate Klay Thompson, and adding, "Let's go". 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. Sure, there are questions about how he'll fit on Golden State's roster. The history of players to come back from that injury is not a promising one.
On Jan. 26, Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before tearing his left Achilles tendon in the final seconds of a 115-113 win over the West power Houston Rockets.