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DeMarcus Cousins officially signed his one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors on Friday and met with reporters in Las Vegas while watching some Summer League action.
Cousins, who tore his left Achilles’ tendon in January, initially was targeting to return to the court by training camp, but now says he’s going to be a bit more patient after talking to the Warriors.
“I was aiming for training camp, but I’ve communicated with the staff and the coaches, and it’s kind of up in the air,” Cousins said. “It will be when I’m ready, 100 percent ready, and we’ll take it from there.”
Before getting injured, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The All-Star big man turned down an extension with the Pelicans before the season ended and didn’t receive any offers when free agency started, so he decided to give the Warriors a call.
Golden State was shocked when Cousins contacted them expressing interest in joining their already stacked roster. Per ESPN, the Warriors’ recruitment of Cousins was led by forward Draymond Green, along with general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.
Cousins says he’s excited to step on the floor with the back-to-back champions.
“The potential is scary, that’s obvious,” Cousins said. “But, of course, it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, and also a lot of sacrifice from not only myself, but other guys on the team as well. I think that’s something we’re aware of, and it’s something we’ve accepted already. I think that’s why these guys also wanted me to be a part of this team. The potential is scary.”