DeMarcus Cousins turned down extension from Pelicans during 2017-18 season

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Kirk Cousins is not the only Cousins that landed with a new team this offseason, and the star quarterback sees some similarities between National Basketball Association big man DeMarcus Cousins and himself. They pulled off the surprise of the summer: a one-year, $5.3 million bargain deal with free agent DeMarcus Cousins.

Just when you thought competitive balance in the National Basketball Association couldn't be worse, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors swooped in Monday night, stole the thunder from LeBron James's coronation in Los Angeles and signed DeMarcus Cousins (the best big man still available in free agency) for well below market value.

Cousins couldn't fully know how that injury would change the market for his services until free agency began.


Together, those five players combined for 109 points per game past year. According to Spears, it was Cousins who called Warriors GM Bob Myers to make him an offer he couldn't refuse. They have defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in three of the last four NBA Finals.

There's no guarantee that Cousins is going to return to be the same player he was before this injury, and Achilles injuries like this usually take about a year to hear. The Warriors have historically erred on the side of caution with injuries and can certainly afford to let Cousins take his time returning due to their depth.

That means that Cousins is likely going to miss at least the first few months of next season, and it's unknown if he can get back to his elite level of play.


Yet how much Cousins helps will depend on how well he adapts his game to fit in with the Warriors offense. While he is a four-time All-Star, at one point was arguably the best center in the league and should be entering his prime as he turns 28 in August, there is no guarantee that he will return to form-or even play again.

Cousins' Pelicans lost to the Warriors in a five-game Western Conference semifinals while Cousins was injured.

Could Cousins make the Warriors even more formidable in the postseason and lead to a third consecutive title and the fourth in five years?


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