DeMarcus Cousins

Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

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Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

If you are alive and love basketball, you have an opinion about DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Warriors.

On Wednesday morning, Rockets GM Daryl Morey shared his thoughts:

"I was really curious. Bob (Myers) is really good at his job. He likes to take smart gambles like I do, so I understood the move," Morey said on The Dan Patrick Show. "But it's gonna be interesting. Coach Kerr is one of the best, too. It's a little scary. They'll probably figure out how to make it work, but it's a little bit hard on paper to figure out how to make it work.

"But we do that well and so do they. They're gonna be a tough out again, obviously. They're arguably the best team in NBA history. They're on their path to maybe be able to make that argument."

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It is fair to assume there will be some bumps along the way when it comes to assimilating Cousins.

If everybody is healthy and available, who closes games? If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are automatically on the floor during crunch time, that means either Andre Iguodala or Cousins will close the game on the bench.

It will be a balancing act for Kerr and the coaching staff...

The Warriors host the Rockets on Jan. 3 and Feb. 23 and play in Houston on Nov. 15 and March 13.

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

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

You already know some specifics about how DeMarcus Cousins ended up signing with the Warriors.

But there is more to the story.

Over the weekend, Golden State GM Bob Myers discussed how it all went down and what he was thinking as he spoke with Cousins' agent, Jarinn Akana.

"It was early in the morning -- I spoke to his agent. We had been preserving our taxpayer mid-level exception for somebody that might fall through the cracks and not get paid in a very tight free agency market," Myers explained to Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game. "But mostly we were thinking wings. I figured if something like that were to happen it would happen July 8th, 9th, 10th.

"But we got the call and I just said, 'Look. We don't have anything more,' because we've talked about other high-level free agents and the thought from their agent was, 'Can you do a sign-and-trade? Can you get to a bigger number?' And I kind of said, 'Look, our roster is what it is. To move that many pieces around, to create $10 million in room, or $15 (million), it's just prohibitive, I don't want to waste your time.'

"So I thought that's where the conversation was going ... and I said to him, 'We don't have the money that you're probably commanding out there.' And this is the moment it became real -- he said, 'We understand what you have.' And I said, 'Well we only have the taxpayer mid-level.' And then when he said, 'I know,' that's when I knew it was real.

"They were very serious about it and they never really wavered."

Cousins will make $5,337,000 next season and become an unrestricted free agent next July.

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

Dwight Howard got a call but Warriors got their preferred option

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Dwight Howard got a call but Warriors got their preferred option

There is no knowing for at least another few months if the union between DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors will be peaceful and prosperous. They reached the top of the NBA without him and he’s in the midst of rehabbing a potentially career-altering injury.

Still, there is no reason to believe the Warriors will have been better off if instead of signing Cousins they had added a healthy Dwight Howard.

There is no reason to doubt Howard’s assertion, as reported by NBC Sports Washington, that when he became a free agent the Warriors reached out to him. They have previously been interested in Howard, are hyper-aggressive browsers, and truly believe in the concept of exploring all options.

The Warriors were shopping the market for an affordable veteran big man, and Howard fits that description. So does Kyle O’Quinn, who eventually landed in Indiana. The question with Cousins was whether he was “affordable.”

If all three players were willing to come to the Warriors for a contract with $5.3 million, the team would have ranked them in this order: Cousins, O’Quinn, Howard.

It’s not that they wouldn’t have gotten serious about Howard. It’s that it’s inconceivable they would have followed through with a signing.

The Warriors had no idea Cousins would be in their price range until he reached out to Warriors president/general manager Bob Myers on the morning of July 2. Once he did, Myers immediately conducted a poll.

The GM contacted the team’s most influential players and received unanimous approval. They all embraced the notion of Cousins as a Warrior. They’ve admired his work from afar, and despite some contentious moments have spoken in glowing terms of his skills.

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson got to know Cousins better during their time as member of Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Green and Cousins were dominoes teammates during down time.

Howard was not a member of Team USA. His last appearance representing the country came 10 years ago, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Moreover, I have no memory of the Warriors expressing admiration of Howard’s game. If anything, there seems to be an unspoken curiosity about his inner drive and basketball IQ. Any poll of Warriors regarding acquiring Howard would not have met with consensus approval and more likely would have been summarily rejected.

Howard’s NBA career peaked in Orlando, where he was an incredible athlete and probably the league’s best rebounder. It’s also where it became apparent, during the 2011-12 season, that he was willing to undermine coach Stan Van Gundy.

Both Howard (traded) and Van Gundy (fired) were gone after that season. Neither has fully recovered. Howard went to the Lakers, where his lack of intensity disgusted Kobe Bryant. Howard then went to Houston, where he spent three years exasperating James Harden and two different head coaches.

Upon becoming a free agent in 2016, Howard signed a three-year $70 million deal with the Hawks. He was going home to Atlanta, where he grew up. He lasted one year before being shipped to Charlotte last summer in what amounts to a salary dump. The Hornets traded him to Brooklyn, where he was bought out and waived.

And now he’s a member of the Washington Wizards, conceivably the most underachieving bunch in the NBA

In Howard’s mind, he chose the Wizards over the Warriors. In reality, the Warriors never were going to choose him.

The Warriors did what they always do when contemplating roster changes. They create a board listing players, by position -- but also noting other factors -- and then work their way through the list. Howard would have been on the list.

But they wound up with Cousins, whose future may be cloudy, but a choice they’d make 100 times out of 100.