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NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors forward agrees to camp deal with Raptors

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NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors forward agrees to camp deal with Raptors

Chris Boucher will be in Toronto in late September.

How do we know that?

The former Warriors forward agreed to terms on a training camp deal with the Raptors, league sources told Shams Charania.

Boucher played for Toronto at Summer League in Las Vegas.

He averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and over 36 percent (4-for-11) from deep.

Boucher was on a two-way contract with Golden State last season.

In 20 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

It's possible that Boucher agreed to the deal with Toronto knowing that he will be an affiliate player and open the season playing in the G League for Raptors 905.

It's also possible that Boucher earns a two-way deal with Toronto.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins: 'Man, Draymond probably had the worst pitch'

DeMarcus Cousins: 'Man, Draymond probably had the worst pitch'

On the morning of July 2, DeMarcus Cousins called Bob Myers to let the general manager know that he was very interested in signing with the Warriors.

Before any sort of verbal agreement, Myers and Steve Kerr wanted Cousins to speak with several Warriors players.

Weeks ago, we learned from Marc Spears of The Undefeated that "Stephen Curry’s excitement surprised Cousins and even pushed him towards the Bay Area even more."

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: DeMarcus Cousins introduced; Thunder acquire Dennis Schroder]

We also learned from Shams Charania that "the Warriors’ recruitment was led by Green."

So what exactly did Draymond say to Cousins?

"Man, Draymond probably had the worst pitch (laughter) -- 'Cuz, I'm pretty sure me and you are gonna fight (laughter)...

"But nah nah -- Draymond, that's my guy," Cousins said to ESPN's Chris Haynes. "I respect him as a player, I respect him as a competitor. I want that guy on my team every day. I think me and Draymond mesh well, I think we have a lot of similarities.

"The same way he's appreciated, hopefully I can receive the same thing."

Good luck, Boogie...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Bob Myers had a mandate for Steve Kerr's phone call with DeMarcus Cousins

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Bob Myers had a mandate for Steve Kerr's phone call with DeMarcus Cousins

Over his first five NBA seasons combined, DeMarcus Cousins attempted 69 3-pointers.

He made 11 of them.

In 2015-16, Cousins went 70-for-210 from distance -- 33.3 percent.

In 2016-17, He made 131 of his 363 attempts -- 36.3 percent.

Last season, he shot over 35 percent from deep (104-for-294).

[RELATED: Did the Pelicans offer DeMarcus Cousins a contract? 'Only me and Dell Demps know what was said']

Cousins is a beast in the paint, but the 3-point shot has definitely become a part of his game.

At Cousins' introductory press conference on Thursday, Warriors GM Bob Myers discussed what the four-time All-Star brings to the Warriors.

He also shared a funny story from July 2 -- the day that Cousins to Golden State became a reality.

“It’s a different dimension. It’s not something we’ve ever had, as far as a low post threat, since I’ve been here ... prior to him talking to Steve (Kerr), we had been talking, and Steve said, ‘I want him on the block, we haven’t had that threat, we can give him the ball, we can play off of him.’

"And he said ‘not out on the perimeter.’ And so Steve was about to get on the phone with Demarcus and I said, ‘Don’t tell him that he can’t shoot any 3s. If you let Draymond shoot 3s, you gotta let Demarcus shoot 3s.’ So steve said ‘Maybe one or two.’"

As we all know, Kerr and Draymond have their history when it comes to the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year shooting 3-pointers.

You may remember Kerr's mother saying during the NBA Finals: “I’m no basketball aficionado, but Draymond shouldn’t be taking those three-pointers.

But back to Cousins.

Clearly, Kerr envisions the big man posting up and causing havoc on the block.

So naturally, it's likely that there will be a moment (or two) during the season when Cousins jacks up some triples and Kerr gets frustrated.

Get your popcorn ready!

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller