DeMarcus Cousins’ Choice Was Between Warriors And Celtics

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

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One of the most versatile and skilled offensive centers in the NBA, Cousins was in the midst of possibly the best season of his career for the New Orleans Pelicans when he tore his Achilles' against the Houston Rockets on January 26, ending his season.

The biggest question Cousins faces going forward is how he'll recover from the Achilles injury and whether he'll ever be able to return to All-Star form. How is it that a team that features Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green need any more help?

In terms of his injury, the Warriors will give him all the time that he needs to get better - they proved a year ago that the regular season comes a distant second to being ready and healthy for the playoffs. With James officially headed to the Los Angeles Lakers now look towards the rest of the roster and which players they could add to make a run at an National Basketball Association title this season. Coming off a torn achilles, Cousins reportedly signed a 1-year, $5.3 million dollar deal with the defending back-to-back champions.

Assuming he is healthy, Cousins on the Warriors offense is downright scary.

With the addition of Boogie, a top five player at his position, Golden State has no weaknesses in their starting lineup.

Cousins was traded to the Pelicans during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017, ending his six-plus-season run with the Sacramento Kings.

Cousins is an astronomical upgrade over Golden State's previous centers, Zaza Pachulia, Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee.

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.

But his mind was made up during a secret one-on-one meeting with Lakers president Magic Johnson this weekend, signing on for the project without any guarantees about what the roster would look like at the beginning of next season.

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

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