Temple says Cousins joining Warriors was a ‘mature decision’

Memphis Grizzlies swingman Garrett Temple, who played with DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento and is good friends with the talented big man, says he was surprised Boogie joined the Golden State Warriors in free agency.

Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Warriors. The All-Star, who tore his left Achilles’ tendon in January, turned down an extension from the New Orleans Pelicans before the season ended and didn’t receive any offers when free agency started.

So, Cousins decided to give the Warriors a call. Golden State was shocked when Cousins contacted them expressing interest in joining their already stacked roster. The Warriors’ recruitment of Cousins was led by forward Draymond Green, along with general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr.

Temple says although he was surprised by Cousins’ move, he thinks Cousins made a mature decision.

“DeMarcus’ [decision] really surprised me,” Temple told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “As someone who’s friends with Cous’, I was a little scared that he may not get a big deal because of the Achilles injury – I thought that people may be frightened off because of that. But I talked to him, I hit him up, after the deal and he told me the reasons why [he joined the Warriors]. He told me he wanted to go to a team that’s winning, that has a winning culture, and he wants to show that he’s healthy and can still play and then get back out on the market next year.

“Honestly, I thought that was a very mature decision by him, [especially] for a guy who has been pegged as ‘immature.’ By going to the Warriors, he’s showing people that he’s all about winning. That passion that he displays, some people don’t understand that it’s all about wanting to win. For people who don’t know him, he’s a team guy.”

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 Pelicans.