In a definitely inconceivable bombshell of an announcement, news came down Monday that DeMarcus Cousins has on a one-year, $5.3 million deal. Yes, that DeMarcus Cousins. Yes, those Warriors. Yes, for that chump change. It is usually an absurd growth for a group that already has people doubt either it’s busted a NBA to add, potentially, nonetheless another All-NBA player.
Honestly, to even write that feels like a joke.
If Cousins is even 70 percent of his former self as he comes off ripping his Achilles final season, this Warriors group is going to be laughably dominant. Like, there aren’t even difference for it. When healthy, Cousins is maybe a best core in a world, and that includes Joel Embiid. He is definitely unstoppable during what he does, one of usually 8 players in NBA story to normal during slightest 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a singular deteriorate — that he achieved final deteriorate by 48 games before he went down.
He also shot 47 percent from a field, and improved than 35 percent from 3-point range, as a seven-footer. Seriously, we consider people have kind of lost how impossibly widespread this male is, or they’re during slightest disposition a tiny too heavily on a thought that his damage is going to keep him from ever being that actor again. No doubt, an Achilles rip is a big-time injury. Probably a misfortune one a basketball actor can suffer. And it’s usually worse for a large male carrying around 270 pounds of listed weight.
But this is where intelligent teams weight a risk vs. reward, and right about now, a Warriors are looking a lot smarter than, well, usually about everybody else. Again, a male took a one-year understanding on a mid-level difference for $5.3 million. Kevin Durant saved a Warriors flattering many that accurate volume when he sealed for $5.6 million reduction than he was authorised to make in a initial year of his new two-year contract. In essence, a Warriors got Cousins for free.
It certain creates we consternation what a heck teams like a Lakers and Rockets are doing. Yes, a Lakers got LeBron James, though from flattering many a second that proclamation was done they have been creation one left-handed pierce after another — signing Lance Stephenson for $4.5 million, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $12 million and Rajon Rondo for $9 million, all while vouchsafing Julius Randle, simply a best actor of those three, travel to a Pelicans for a really reasonable $18 million over dual years. (Letting Randle travel is during slightest understandable. They wish one-year deals so their books are as purify as probable in box they can't trade for Kawhi Leonard and need room to pointer him as a giveaway representative subsequent summer.)
Back to Cousins, who reportedly pronounced he didn’t accept even a singular offer from another team. That might or might not be true. Perhaps he usually didn’t accept an offer to his liking. It’s distinct that he would wish max money, or something tighten to it, and it’s equally distinct that no one would dream of giving him that with a doubt surrounding his injury. But clearly a male was peaceful to talk, and eventually take a tiny understanding as an event to infer himself, utterly with a group that could offer him a possibility to play alongside superstar(s).
I’m not observant a Lakers should’ve sealed Cousins, or even that they didn’t, or weren’t going to, try, or even that he would’ve been peaceful to go there for a same income a Warriors gave him. I’m usually observant a Lakers flattering many sealed that doorway before it ever had a possibility to open when they gave Caldwell-Pope and Stephenson that total $16.5 million in roughly a evident arise of removing a joining from LeBron, that put them over a top before they renounced Randle, that they were clearly formulation on doing anyway.
Just for argument’s sake, they could have simply left that top space open, talked with Cousins, seen what, if anything, was there, and even if KCP and Stephenson were off a marketplace by a time they got behind around to them, there would have still been copiousness of guys accessible — guys improved matched to play alongside LeBron, if we’re being honest — to sign. Even if they had to take smallest guys as a final review for a possibility to let improved options (like Cousins) develop, a not like KCP and Stephenson make a Lakers anything tighten to a contender this year.
Seth Curry was out there. Jamal Crawford was, and still is, out there (at this rate, he’ll substantially find his approach to a Warriors, too). Carmelo Anthony could good get bought out by OKC and would afterwards be an choice to fill a register mark on a smallest understanding for a Lakers. The indicate is: there were options. Good ones. Hell, J.J. Redick concluded to pointer behind on with a Sixers for fundamentally a same income as a Lakers gave Caldwell-Pope.
And don’t get me started on Rondo, whom a Lakers are reportedly deliberation starting during indicate ensure over Lonzo Ball. Terrific. You breeze a male No. 2 overall, afterwards a really subsequent year we lower him behind a male who can’t fire a lick so we can afterwards play that male alongside LeBron James, who thrives when surrounded by shooters, of that a Lakers have none. we can’t even make that make clarity when we write it.
Meanwhile, a Warriors get DeMarcus freaking Cousins for reduction than $1 million some-more than a Lakers paid a 29-percent 3-point-shooting Lance freaking Stephenson. Hilarious.
Elsewhere, Chris Paul final full max income in Houston — which, during slightest in part, prevents a Rockets from being means to re-sign Trevor Ariza — while Durant takes a few million reduction in Golden State … and what do we know … here comes another luminary talent to join a Bay Area celebration with a haven cash. If a Warriors are ruining a NBA, their categorical competitors aren’t accurately creation it tough on them.
In a end, a genuine leader here is Cousins, who can take his time removing behind to full strength on a group that doesn’t need him in any way. Seriously, they don’t need him. Potentially one of a best players in a joining is a luxury. And a really inexpensive one. If he creates it behind to something nearby full strength, a Warriors are going to be a biggest basketball group ever assembled, bar none. Discussion over.
Imagine perplexing to keep your eye on a dual biggest shooters in NBA story in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, utterly presumably a biggest pristine scorer in story in Durant, and even if we somehow conduct to stop those 3 (which we won’t), we now have to understanding with a seven-footer who averaged 25 points and 13 play final year. Then, even if we close all 4 of those guys down, we have a equivocal Hall of Famer in Andre Iguodala COMING OFF THE BENCH. Then, on a reduction than 1 percent possibility all those guys are carrying an off night on a same night, a Warriors, behind one of a 10 best defenders ever in Draymond Green, have a best invulnerability in a league, too. It’s a joke.
All of this is going to let Cousins do zero though gleam if his Achilles is adult to it. The male is used to defenses brisk him. He won’t trust a one-on-one matchups he’ll get with defenses shocked of withdrawal those shooters open. He’ll learn to play a some-more complicated character with all a Warriors’ round and actor movement, and he’ll remind people that he’s a good passer when given a opportunity. He’ll substantially win a championship for his trouble. And afterwards he hits a open marketplace in 2019 as an unlimited giveaway representative carrying valid to a league, in a many player-friendly sourroundings imaginable, that he’s sill a force. Then he gets paid. It’s brilliant.
“This is my ace of spades,” Cousins told ESPN on Monday. “This is my chess move.”
Apparently, a rest of a NBA had improved stop personification checkers.