'3rd Splash Brother': DeMarcus Cousins joins Golden State Warriors

03 July, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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There had been no previous chatter that Cousins was heavily considering joining the Warriors as a potential landing spot in free agency. The Pelicans made it to the playoffs without him, but lost in the first round...to the Warriors.

It was clear all year that the team was planning for this moment and they signalled their intention by making multiple mid-season trades to free up two max contract slots on their roster.

The Golden State Warriors have shocked the National Basketball Association once again, adding a superstar at a significantly lower value than his market dictates. Cousins is expected to be healthy for the early part of the regular season, league sources said, but this move signifies his determination to win and an opportunity to ease into the lineup.

Lakers president Magic Johnson has a hard decision to make in trading for Kawhi Leonard.

Of course, the one factor that became clear in that tough series against Boston was how desperate Philadelphia was for adding another superstar, which is where Paul George could all of a sudden come into play. All three have a history with James, and it will make for interesting theater, at least - if not necessarily brilliant results on the court.

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There has to be major concerns when it comes to Lonzo Ball, who is hurt again.

The Spurs saw firsthand last season the complexities of dealing with an independent medical staff, which players are entitled to under the CBA.

"I'm looking forward to starting the season", Cousins said. Utah's focus will turn to restricted free agent point guard Dante Exum, whom the Jazz have also signaled they want to keep around for the long term. The Lakers aren't almost as an attractive destination without either Leonard or Paul George, who is expected to sign with either L.A. or the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent. He played in just nine games this past season because of the quad problem, and questions about whether he could and should have played more strained his relationship with the Spurs.

ESPN's report suggested the Spurs are likely to command a trade package including first round draft picks and some of L.A.'s young players-potentially one or more between Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

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