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DeMarcus Cousins will be experiencing his own version of the one-and-done rule this season with the Golden State Warriors.
At least according to Steve Kerr.
The Warriors coach admitted Cousins, who signed a one-year deal for $5.3 million last summer, will not be back with Golden State as he heads toward unrestricted free agent July 1.
“We made no bones about it when we signed him,” the Warriors coach said, according to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News. “This is a one-year deal and we’re not going to have money to sign him next year so we’d like to help him win a championship and sign a great contract somewhere else. That’s the reality.”
Golden State is on the hook for big money to Stephen Curry ($40 million) and Draymond Green ($18.5 million) for next season, with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson heading toward free agency. Thompson has publicly stated his desire is to remain with the two-time defending champions. The Warriors will have only the mid-level exception and Cousin’s non-Bird rights available in the offseason, meaning it’s unlikely Cousins returns unless another high-level player departs.
Cousins, a six-time All-Star, ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon Jan. 26, began practicing with the Warriors last week. No timetable has been set for his return to game action, though Cousins has been cleared to participate in 5-on-5 scrimmages this week, according to Monte Poole of NBCS Authentic.
The 28-year-old averaged 25.2 points an 12.9 boards in 48 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season before suffering the injury.