As the rest of the National Basketball Association tried to process how screwed they were after DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Golden State Warriors in free agency Monday night, a surprising report surfaced: That the Boston Celtics were the other team on Cousins' wish list.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Warriors would be the first team since Boston in 1975-76 to play five All-Stars from the previous season at the same time. The Warriors have mostly argued their intensity provides more long-lasting benefits than short-term consequences.
What does DeMarcus Cousins bring to the Warriors? Draymond Green was the 2017 defensive player of the year and has been named to four All-Defense teams.
Cousins will likely sign a large contract next offseason, but it's remarkable to compare his upcoming salary to Smith's situation. While it will be interesting to see what timetable the Warriors will have for their newcomer, Cousins still says he plans to be ready to play when training camp begins in Oakland, California, in late September.
DeMarcus Cousins missed most of last season with a torn ACL and has now signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
How much were the Pelicans willing to pay Cousins?
"In a move straight out of a poorly designed video game, the Warriors - when healthy - can add a fifth All-Star to their starting lineup for less money than the New York Knicks just agreed to pay Mario Hezonia". When Cousins joins them on the court in 2018-19, Golden State will have five players who were All-Stars last season on the court together, which has not been done since the 1975-76 Boston Celtics did it with a lineup of Jo Jo White, Charlie Scott, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and John Havlicek. But the Warriors plucked Cousins despite interest from both the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans due to their championship equity.
Business goes on for the rest of the league's teams, who, for the. One of the best players in the league.