When the Golden State Warriors broke basketball in half by signing DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason, there was little doubt as to why the move took place. And sadly, the rest of the league just has to deal with it.
Cousins was in the middle of rehabbing a season-ending Achilles injury, and as a result, he wasn't receiving the offers that he had hoped for as a free agent. In order to not feel any pressure to rush himself back onto the court and risk further injury, he signed with the reigning NBA champions for their mid-level exception. Because the Dubs don't really need Boogie to win games, however, the talented big man knows that he can take his time getting back to full strength and then test the market again this offseason.
Confirming that this was the idea all along was Steve Kerr, who announced that his Warriors never planned on trying to retain the former Pelican after this season.
Steve Kerr: DeMarcus Cousins Will Only Spend One Season With Warriors https://t.co/GRl5wrLdCZ— RealGM (@RealGM) November 2, 2018
Kerr is basically saying that Golden State doesn't need Cousins to maintain their status as the best team in the league. And what's sad is that he's right.
Let's say that Cousins is half of the player he used to be when he comes back onto the court. Still, he is going to be one of the best centers in the league (and definitely an upgrade over the Warriors' last starting center, the ever-baffling
The Golden State Warriors saw that some people were picking the Los Angeles Lakers to win next year's championship and said, "Fine, we'll replace JaVale McGee with DeMarcus Cousins..."— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2018