All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is headed to the Golden State Warriors and maybe LeBron James should’ve just taken the max contract and stayed in Cleveland.
Because right now, it appears that no one — not the old Cavaliers, not James and his new brand of Los Angeles Lakers — can touch the two-time defending champions after their latest addition.
On Monday, Cousins signed with the Warriors as a free agent, as Yahoo Sports first reported.
According to ESPN, the deal is for one year and $5.3 million. Cousins missed the end of last season with the New Orleans Pelicans after tearing his Achilles tendon, so he knew he probably wouldn’t get a huge contract. Now, he has a chance to play his into one alongside the likes of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
That gives the Warriors, who swept LeBron in the Cavs in the Finals, five All-Stars and a style of basketball that no one has been able to stop.
Welcome to the Western Conference, LeBron.
Cousins played in 48 games last season and averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds, in a Pelicans frontcourt that also featured fellow star Anthony Davis.
For a while, it sounded as if Cousins would return to the Pelicans, a team that appeared to be on the rise in the rugged West.
Then he was linked to the Lakers after James made his LA announcement Sunday night.
He may not be recovered from his injury until February. But once he’s healthy, the Warriors could be on the verge of dominating the NBA like no one since Magic Johnson and his Showtime Lakers did it in the 1980s. Or perhaps even like Michael Jordan and the Bulls a decade later.
Jordan won six titles; Magic five. Curry, Thompson and Green have three apiece.
And LeBron a member of the Lakers or not, the Warriors are even more favored than they already were — if you can imagine that.
That’s great news for Bay Area basketball fans, and probably really bad news for the superstar who decided to take his talents to LA.