DeMarcus Cousins signs one-year, $5.4 million deal with Warriors

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Furthermore, the Lakers have been clearing cap space, and they now have tons of money to spend.

The Undefeated's Marc Spears reported that a source close to Cousins explained the big man's decision was because, "He's about winning".

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. Both Cousins and the organization understood the most critical time of the season - the playoffs - will be the stage in which Cousins shines the most for the Warriors.

The Warriors actual starting lineup for next season could be Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins.

That kind of mentality actually may be reassuring for Lakers fans - perhaps the team is not so hellbent to get James that they would sacrifice young players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart or future draft picks.

In terms of his injury, the Warriors will give him all the time that he needs to get better - they proved previous year that the regular season comes a distant second to being ready and healthy for the playoffs.

There had been no previous chatter that Cousins was heavily considering joining the Warriors as a potential landing spot in free agency.

Golden State used its taxpayer midlevel exception to reach a deal with Cousins, who underwent surgery in late January to fix the torn Achilles. Bosh's former agent Rob Pelinka is now the general manager of the Lakers.

He's willing to put responsibility and added pressure on his own shoulders as he certainly wasn't told that he'd lose his job if he fails in free agency.

The Pelicans acquired Cousins in a blockbuster trade the night of the 2017 All-Star Game, which happened to be at the Smoothie King Center.

Cousins is entering his ninth season in the National Basketball Association after being drafted No. 5 overall by the Sacramento Kings out of the University of Kentucky.

In his eight-year career, Cousins has averaged 21.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field.

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