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Steve Kerr explains why Warriors and DeMarcus Cousins 'need each other'

Steve Kerr explains why Warriors and DeMarcus Cousins 'need each other'

While it might seem like it didn't take long for the Warriors and DeMarcus Cousins to join forces, there was plenty of conversations between the two sides before a deal was agreed to.

While speaking on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Sunday, head coach Steve Kerr emphasized the depth of the talks between Cousins and several Warriors players.

"Well, it was a conversation that needed to happen before each side committed to the other. And so that's what we did. I had two conversations with him on the phone the day he signed, before he signed. He also spoke with Kevin [Durant], with Steph [Curry]. I believe he spoke with Draymond [Green] as well. These were the conversations we were having. So from our perspective, what I told DeMarcus was, 'We have never had a center like you. We like to play through the post." And he said 'I know that. I've played against you. You guys throw the ball into the post a lot and you run a lot of split cuts around the post man. I love passing.' We know DeMarcus is a hell of a passer. So we're gonna be able to throw the ball into the post to him but get some buckets too, because he's so powerful," Kerr said.

Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Warriors. There's not much chance he remains with the Warriors after the 2018-19 season. Kerr understands that.

"The conversation, the way it had to go was 'Are you willing to accept this kind of sacrifice, in terms of how often you're gonna have the ball?' And he said '100 percent.' Everybody knows the free agent market fell apart for him. So, he didn't have opportunities out there. Next year is about us giving him an opportunity to re-establish himself in the league. Re-establish his market for next year's free agency and him in return helping us win another championship. So, we need each other and I think it'll be a good union," Kerr said.

Thunder are listing Russell Westbrook as out for opener vs. Warriors

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Thunder are listing Russell Westbrook as out for opener vs. Warriors

We knew this was a possibility when the Thunder announced that Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 12.

Now it appears to be a reality: Westbrook won't play on Tuesday night in the season opener against the Warriors.

The Thunder have listed Westbrook as OUT on the game notes they sent to the media on Monday. Additionally, center Steven Adams is listed as questionable due to lower back stiffness.

Things could always change, but it's not looking for a Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant showdown at Oracle on Tuesday.

The Warriors will receive their 2018 championship rings before the game. No word on if the Thunder will be on the court watching the ceremony or in their locker room munching on cupcakes.

Report: Veteran guard Jamal Crawford agrees to deal with Suns

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Report: Veteran guard Jamal Crawford agrees to deal with Suns

If you think along the lines of Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, you probably wanted the Warriors to sign veteran free agent Jamal Crawford. Unfortunately, you, KD and Draymond didn't get your wish.

On the eve of the 2018-19 NBA season, the 38-year-old guard agreed to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to multiple national reports.

The Suns will pay Crawford $2.4 million, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Crawford spent last season with the Timberwolves. In 80 games, he averaged 10.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 20.7 minutes off the bench.

Crawford is the third veteran presence to be added to the Suns' roster this offseason, joining former Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson.

The move to add Crawford is the first noteworthy addition by interim Suns general manager James Jones, who took over when GM Ryan McDonough was fired last Monday.

So instead of playing with him, Durant and Green will have to play Crawford four times this season.