All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, recovering from a torn left Achilles, has agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, league sources told ESPN.
Joining the Warriors, who already have a staggering lineup of All-NBA talent, should allow Cousins enough time to comfortably recover from his injury prior to returning to the court next season.
Sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Cousins had narrowed his choices down to Golden State and Boston.
Two-time league MVP Stephen Curry welcomed his new teammate on Twitter shortly after the news broke.
The Warriors, already -110 favorites to win the 2019 NBA championship at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, jumped to -150 favorites when Cousins’ impending signing was reported.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2018-19 Warriors will be the sixth team in NBA history — and first since the 1975-76 Celtics — to have five All-Stars from the previous season.
Cousins, 27, became expendable in New Orleans on Monday after the Pelicans agreed to a deal with free-agent center Julius Randle.
The move gives Cousins an outstanding chance to recover from his injury, show he is healthy and rejoins the free-agent market again next summer.
A two-time all-NBA selection, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a 35.4 percent 3-point shooting average last season in 48 games with the Pelicans.