Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

The Squeeze: Broncos react to LeBron James' and DeMarcus Cousins' free-agency moves

The Squeeze: Broncos react to LeBron James' and DeMarcus Cousins' free-agency moves

Shortly after news broke of DeMarcus Cousins joining the Warriors, the Knicks center went at the National Basketball Association, mocking the signing and state of the league. "It was very insulting not to receive an offer". General manager Bob Myers has done an excellent job compiling talent. As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Warriors are landing Cousins for one year, $5.3 million.

If Cousins hadn't suffered the bad Achilles injury which will keep him out of action until December at the earliest then this deal would never have happened as he would have been able to command a huge deal.

Each of Golden State's five 2018 All-Stars has made at least two All-NBA teams in his career. Yes, the DeMarcus Cousins that was looking at a max deal before rupturing his Achilles this past season.

The 26-year-old didn't stop there, turning his attention to the head of the National Basketball Association, commissioner Adam Silver, who said before the Cousins signing that the National Basketball Association and its fans should "celebrate excellence" and called the Warriors an "aberration".

The Warriors will be well over the cap next offseason, and would only be eligible to give Cousins a 20% pay raise to retain him.

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Cousins told Spears that he called his agent to discuss his options, which included the Warriors after JaVale McGee chose to join the Lakers as a free agent. His points of comparison aren't other All-NBA bigs, but Warriors starting centers past-the Kevon Looneys, the JaVale McGees, and the Zaza Pachulias. Now, the Warriors have a center who is a skilled two-time All-NBA selection who can initiate the fast break.

"Every guy was excited", he said. Cousins declined comment on which teams were in his final mix.

"This was my ace of spades", Cousins said. "This was my chess move".

Cousins' Oakland tenure is strictly an audition for the rest of the league. But once Fox realized it was true, he basically saw it as the rich getting richer.

Could Cousins make the Warriors even more formidable in the postseason and lead to a third consecutive title and the fourth in five years? It's unclear when Cousins will return, how effective he'll be when he does, and how he'll fit with the Warriors once he returns.

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"He's a dynamic player". This is a four-time all-star, one of the best players in the world, zero offers. He can pass, is a decent outside shooter for his size, and is a great rebounder. He can't hold on to the ball as long as he has with other teams, either - his average time of possession is 2.6 seconds, nearly double the time of Bell (1.7) and Pachulia (1.5) in 2017-18. That win was the Pelicans' seventh in the previous eight contests.

Cousins is one of the best frontcourt players in the league, and he's going to be only the 7th highest paid player on the Warriors next season. Cousins and coach Alvin Gentry scoffed at such talk.

"(Akana) was shocked", Cousins told the Undefeated.

DeMarcus Cousins' NBA free agency market was a small one, apparently.

But Boogie to the Bay Area will soon be a reality. "He told me he got zero offers".

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But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since. This is a marked difference from how things went with the Cleveland Cavaliers when James returned in 2014.

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