DeMarcus Cousins chose Golden State Warriors over Boston Celtics

DeMarcus Cousins chose Golden State Warriors over Boston Celtics

DeMarcus Cousins chose Golden State Warriors over Boston Celtics

He played in just nine games this past season because of the quad problem, and questions about whether he could and should have played more strained his relationship with the Spurs.

The Warriors, predictably, were thrilled by a move that gives them a player who averaged 25.2 points last season before getting hurt and has averaged 21.5 points and 11 rebounds for his career.

The Warriors considered Cousins worth that price after averaging 21.5 points on 46 percent shooting and 11.0 rebounds through eight National Basketball Association seasons, making four All-Star appearances and winning an Olympic gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Lakers rumors are full steam ahead now that they landed LeBron James to a 4 year $154 million deal. In his seventh season with Sacramento, the Kings traded Cousins to the Pelicans at the All-Star break during the 2016-17 season.

With Paul George opting to sign a four-year deal extension with Oklahoma, Kawhi Leonard is the main candidate to be the Lakers' second major coup of the summer. His court smarts and unquestioned leadership, honed by 12 years in the league with six teams, proved to be invaluable as New Orleans overcame the shock of losing Cousins.

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".

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

When previously asked about free agency, Cousins told The Undefeated: "I don't plan on rushing through this process".

Signing James has been a goal of the Lakers for quite some time now, and they were able to get the job done.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Cousins also drew interest from the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards in free agency before chooising the Warriors. Warriors GM Bob Meyers got some help during the draft from an unlikely source, his star big man. Sign up for Mark Medina's private text messaging service.

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