Why Teams Didn’t Want To Sign DeMarcus Cousins — ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

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Whoa, what a possible bargain Golden State just got.

The NBA twitterverse was all abuzz Monday night after the Golden State Warriors - a team not exactly void of star power - signed free agent center DeMarcus Cousins to a $5.3 million, one-year contract, the mid-level exception to the payroll cap. Before the injury, the 27-year old and two-time all-NBA selection averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists 48 games with New Orleans.

In this January 10 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans centre DeMarcus Cousins shoots a free throw against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Cousins told Spears that he called his agent to discuss his options, which included the Warriors after JaVale McGee made a decision to join the Lakers as a free agent.

Cousins to the Warriors will likely be a one-year experiment for an National Basketball Association powerhouse that has won three titles in the past four years.

For one, he's a big man recovering from perhaps the worst injury an National Basketball Association player can have - a torn Achilles.

"If [DeMarcus] Cousins can return to full health, I don't know how anyone will compete with the Warriors". The 2016-17 Warriors, the first with Durant in the fold, were credited with close to 24 wins above replacement, but then declined to 17 wins above replacement last season. Clearly, Cousins didn't regard those exploratory talks as a real offer. According to Spears, it was Cousins who called Warriors GM Bob Myers to make him an offer he couldn't refuse. Golden State will play its final season at Oracle Arena in Oakland before a move to new Chase Center in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. While he is a four-time All-Star, at one point was arguably the best center in the league and should be entering his prime as he turns 28 in August, there is no guarantee that he will return to form-or even play again.

But if Cousins can return to even a fraction of himself, it's a huge win for the Warriors.

The Houston Rockets would hope the duo of Chris Paul and James Harden can continue to shine in the second year together and a similar scenario will likely take place with the Oklahoma City Thunder with Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

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