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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NBA rumors: Team USA considering D'Angelo Russell as World Cup replacement

NBA rumors: Team USA considering D'Angelo Russell as World Cup replacement

After playing in five straight NBA Finals, Steph Curry and Draymond Green have a ton of extra miles on their legs, and Klay Thompson is recovering from surgery on his torn left ACL.

But Warriors newcomer D'Angelo Russell doesn't have the same wear and tear, which is why he could find himself playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup later this summer.

The Athletic's Joe Vardon reported Monday that Team USA is considering adding Russell as a replacement on the roster that will compete in China.

Russell is under consideration because a plethora of marquee stars have withdrawn from the competition in recent days to focus on the 2019-20 NBA season.

On Monday alone, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris and No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson pulled out of the event. Anthony Davis, James Harden, Bradley Beal, C.J. McCollum and Eric Gordon also have withdrawn in recent days. Vardon reported Monday that Damian Lillard and Kevin Love are expected to make their decisions in the coming days.

Russell had a breakout 2018-19 season with the Brooklyn Nets and earned his first All-Star Game selection. In 81 games, the former No. 2 overall draft pick averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists in 30.2 minutes.

The Warriors acquired Russell earlier in July as part of the sign-and-trade deal that sent Kevin Durant to the Nets.

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While the Warriors probably would prefer if Russell rested and got ready for his first season with the team, experiencing the Team USA environment and playing in high-level competition could be beneficial for the 23-year-old. Getting a taste of winning can't hurt, either.

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson the No. 2 duo in NBA, Stephen A Smith says

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson the No. 2 duo in NBA, Stephen A Smith says

There are a bunch of incredible duos in the NBA. It isn't easy narrowing down the top five, let alone the order.

But on Monday morning, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith provided his list on "First Take."

5) James Harden and Russell Westbrook -- Rockets
4) Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving -- Nets
3) Kawhi Leonard and Paul George -- Clippers
2) Steph Curry and Klay Thompson -- Warriors
1) LeBron James and Anthony Davis -- Lakers

Smith offered high praise to the Splash Brothers:

"It's very simple. The greatest shooting backcourt in the history of basketball. Never before have we seen a duo that can shoot the basketball like this.

"When these two brothers return together healthy, I got news for you -- sleep on the Golden State Warriors if you want to because you don't know basketball.

"They're gonna have something to say about stuff when all is said and done."

What about Draymond Green?

"I think Steph and Draymond are more of a tandem than anyone," fellow ESPN host Max Kellerman said. "Now it's true you need a third guy to space the floor and shoot. Without Klay, it doesn't work as well.

"But you can take other guys who can shoot the three. Steph and Draymond are the pick-and-roll -- that's the whole league.

"When you reduce the Warriors down to their basic component, Dray is the No. 2 guy."

It's hard to disagree with Kellerman on this one, but it's understandable why Smith went with Klay because he was focusing on offensive firepower.

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Unfortunately, the five-time All-Star is expected to miss a large chunk of next season as he recovers from a torn left ACL.

Hello D'Angelo Russell...

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