One day after LeBron James agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors made a big splash of their own. The Warriors reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent center DeMarcus Cousins, multiple sources confirmed to NBCSportsBayArea.com Warriors Insider Monte Poole.
Confirmed: As reported by Yahoo and ESPN, DeMarcus Cousins is headed for the Warriors. Midlevel exception. Wouldn’t happen unless All-Stars were on board. This sends waves around the league.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) July 3, 2018
Cousins, who played parts of the last two seasons with New Orleans Pelicans after a 2017 trade from the Sacramento Kings, suffered a torn Achilles tendon in January. The 27-year-old averaged 25.2 points, a career-high 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks in 36.2 minutes per game last season with New Orleans.
He's been voted into the All-Star game in each of the last four seasons, and was second-team All-NBA in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Once Cousins suits up for the Warriors, Golden State will become the first team in over 40 years to dress five All-Stars from the previous season.
Those five Celtics in 1975-76 who were All-Stars the previous season: Jo Jo White, Charlie Scott, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and John Havlicek https://t.co/IZd67UmBKV— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 3, 2018
At the time, there were only 18 teams in the league. That season also shares one commonality with this upcoming season. The Warriors entered it as defending NBA champions.