Steve Kerr leaves door open for DeMarcus Cousins to return to Warriors

Steve Kerr leaves door open for DeMarcus Cousins to return to Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins is going to be an unrestricted free agent in a couple of weeks. 

Is there a scenario in which the big man returns to the Warriors?

"I think there's a chance," Golden State head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Friday afternoon. "I would say that the hope is that frankly he can do a lot better financially than what we could offer him. But who knows. Every year is different.

"There are a lot more teams with cap room this summer. This summer's gonna be a wild free-agent market. We have to figure out our own situation -- particularly with Klay [Thompson] and Kevin [Durant] -- and how all that shakes out."

Cousins shocked the basketball world when he signed with the Dubs last summer.

At the time, Kerr was adamant that Boogie would not be with the franchise beyond the 2018-19 season.

“It’s a one-year deal. We’re not going to have money to sign him next year," he said back on Nov. 1. "He knows that. So we’d like him to help us win a championship. And we’d like to help him get a great contract next year, somewhere else.”

After finishing the rehab from his left Achilles tear, Cousins made his regular season debut on Jan. 18. He averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals in 30 appearances.

Unfortunately, he tore his left quad in the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, and didn't return until the NBA Finals.

In Games 2 through 6 against the Raptors, Boogie averaged 9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20 minutes per contest.

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Based on rules within the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the biggest one-year contract the Warriors can give Cousins for next season is about $6.4 million.

The soon-to-be 29-year old (his birthday is Aug. 13) is definitely looking for a much bigger payday.

"I could absolutely foresee a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back," Kerr added. "It's just a question of what are his goals, what is out there for him."

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D'Angelo Russell eyes super team with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell eyes super team with Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker

D'Angelo Russell has only had a few months to get to know his new Warriors teammates, but he's already extremely familiar with two players he plans to team up with in the future.

Golden State's guard, acquired in a sign-and-trade with Brooklyn in July, is featured on the newest cover of Slam Magazine. Russell, however, isn't alone. He's there with two longtime friends.

Russell, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Phoenix's Devin Booker go way back. They came up through the AAU system together, and entered the NBA at the same time. Towns and Russell were the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, while Booker was the No. 13 overall selection.

All three players are part of the next generation of NBA superstars. And in convening for the magazine shoot, Russell confessed a desire to form a super team with them down the line.

"We gotta do this again, when we’re all on the same team,” Russell said toward the end of the shoot. “Nah, don’t cut [the film]. Y’all got it on footage. When we’re all on the same team -- I ain’t gonna tell you which team because I don’t know -- we’re gonna do this again."

Russell signed a four-year contract with Golden State after coming over in the sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant, and is due to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2022-23 season. Both Towns and Booker have five years remaining on their contracts, and are scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency one year after Russell. All three are paid handsomely.

It remains to be seen if it even will be possible to fit all three players on the same roster in the future, especially if any of them continue to improve (and thus qualify for larger salaries). Still, Towns is the oldest of the three, and he only turns 24 this November.

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There's plenty of time for it to happen. In the meantime, however, you can expect all three of Russell, Towns and Booker to star separately on their current teams.

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

We all know how much Andre Iguodala loves Steph Curry.

The former Warriors forward repeatedly has said the two-time NBA MVP is the second-best point guard of all-time, behind only Magic Johnson.

After Game 2 of last season's NBA Finals against the Raptors, Iguodala said he's all for anything that protects Curry's legacy.

On Thursday morning, Iguodala once again was singing Curry's praises.

"Steph's got something else. Anybody seen 'The Accountant?' Steph's like that. He's good at everything," the 35-year-old said on Hot 97 radio. "Hand-eye coordination. He probably could shoot somebody from 1,000 feet away.

"I've seen him throw darts. I've seen him bowl like 250. Ping-pong. Golf, he could play pro in real life. He can throw a fastball 80 miles per hour, right down the middle.

"He's got this hand-eye thing that's freakish."

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Wait. Steph can't hit 95 miles per hour on the radar gun? Lame.

Also, looks like I need to go watch the movie The Accountant.

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