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DeMarcus Cousins joining Golden State Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins joining Golden State Warriors

Chris Haynes of ESPN reports that Cousins chose the Warriors over the Celtics.

Former Warriors center JaVale McGee left the team to sign with the Lakers for the veteran's minimum on Sunday, and Zaza Pachulia and David West remain free agents. Still, if there was any team in the National Basketball Association that could afford to take a chance on Cousins and give him the time he needs to get back to full health, it's the Warriors, who already were the overwhelming favorites to win another title next season. James agreed to sign a 4-year, $154 million contract with the purple and gold.

In Golden State, Cousins will team with four fellow All-Stars in the starting lineup in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

The Dubs added an All-Star talent for the mid-level exception, saw their chief rival get worse, saved money while retaining a superstar and dodged the PG-to-LA bullet.

Cousins' availability when the NBA's 2018-19 season tips off is in question as he rehabs his injury, but he said after last season that he hoped to be ready for training camp. The Lakers have open spaces and they headline almost every conversation that goes along the lines of LeBron James and or Paul George.

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

But his mind was made up during a secret one-on-one meeting with Lakers president Magic Johnson this weekend, signing on for the project without any guarantees about what the roster would look like at the beginning of next season. "I haven't spoken to the front office in a while, so we'll see what happens". It's basically open field because I have so much time. New Orleans got Cousins and forward Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway along with a 2017 first-round pick.

Cousins has averaged 21.5 points and 11 rebounds per game throughout his eight-year career.

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