The Warriors were able to sign Cousins as a free agent despite being tens of millions of dollars over the cap thanks to one of the NBA's many salary-cap loopholes: in this case, the mid-level exception, or MLE.
"A winning culture and togetherness got us DeMarcus", Durant told The Undefeated via text.
With James locked in for four years, and Leonard is a free agent in 2019 the desperation for the Lakers is gone. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Warriors will bid their time with the Alabama native and look to introduce him in the line-up by the end of the year.
Payton and Randle certainly don't bring the star power that comes with veterans like Rondo and Cousins, but the Pelicans are hoping they can step in and keep the squad on the winning track.
Cousins said: "This was my ace of spades". "This is my chess move". "Golden State gets to brandish a new weapon, while Cousins might just score a free ticket to a championship as he rounds himself into form." . But a brutal Achilles injury this past season and concerns about his attitude left Cousins with no legitimate offers.
Well, this is highly shocking and the rest of the league can blame no one but themselves. "So that should be great", said Jones, who had 14 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes.
By not calling it an "offer", New Orleans can say it wasn't rejected and Cousins can build an narrative around being slighted and the chip on his shoulder growing. For his career, Cousins averages 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists per game.
Cousin was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in February 2017 during the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. "But I'm going to do what's best for me, and I feel they'll do the same".
"If [DeMarcus] Cousins can return to full health, I don't know how anyone will compete with the Warriors".
The Warriors have won three of the last four National Basketball Association championships and feature four potential Hall of Famers, so they couldn't possibly get any better, right?
The Celtics still have an impressive squad coming back, especially since Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving should reportedly both be back on the court by training camp, and Cousins may have been an awkward fit.
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