Last week a headline flashed across my computer screen that New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins had signed with the Golden State Warriors in free agency. I thought it was a misprint. Not only that, but Cousins signed for a measly $5.3 million for one year. Heck, LeBron signed a four-year $153 million deal with the Lakers – that’s over $38 million per year. After a few days I realized the Boogie Cousins news was true:
The Warriors and four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins agreed to a contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports Cousins will sign a one-year, $5.3 million deal to join the defending champions.
Cousins spent last season and the end of the 2016-17 season with the Pelicans after spending the first six-plus seasons of his career with the Kings, who drafted him with the No. 5 pick in 2010.
Cousins missed over half the season last year with a torn Achilles. These injuries are difficult to come back from, but Cousins is young and when healthy is one of the top three centers in the league. He spent his first six seasons with the Sacramento Kings. The constant losing likely grated on Cousins, who appeared to be unhappy most of his time in Sacramento. That likely contributed to the media placing the “Angry Black Man” tag on him.