DeMarcus Cousins Signs with Golden State For Just $5.3 Million
When DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins joined the New Orleans Pelicans in a trade in February of 2017, the hope was to pair the All-Star center with Anthony Davis for years to come.
Cousins only played 65 games in a Pelicans uniform.
Today, he agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, as first reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Per Charnia, phone calls from Warriors forward Draymond Green, coach Steve Kerr and GM Bob Myers helped seal the recruitment of Cousins to the Warriors for a shockingly low salary for last year's All-Star starter.
Even coming off a torn Achilles he suffered in late January, Cousins market value is still worth more than $5.3 million.
According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, a source said of Boogie's decision, "He's about winning".
Golden State can now start 5 All-Stars, as the defending NBA Champions continue to tip the scales heavily in their favor.
Scott Kushner, Pelicans beat writer for The Advocate, explains that while the Pelicans didn't make a formal offer to Cousins, there were negotiations.
In the end, Cousins elected to pull a shocking move that has the NBA world abuzz.
For the Pelicans, they've replaced Rajon Rondo with Elfrid Payton, and Boogie Cousins with Julius Randle.