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Where were you when the NBA's best team signed a four-time All-Star for pennies on the dollar?

You don't have to tell us, but unless you're a Golden State fan, we're guessing you had a similar reaction to Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris when he found out the Warriors had signed center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year, $5.3 million contract last July.

From The Athletic's Jay King:

Morris ... shook his head when he learned the news.

“I was like, ‘F---,’” Morris remembered Wednesday night before leaving the Celtics locker room. “‘How did they even get him?’”

To answer Morris' question, no team offered Cousins a contract in the 2018 offseason as he recovered from a serious Achilles injury. So, the 28-year-old took a pay cut to join the defending champions, who will visit TD Garden on Saturday with a healthy Cousins in tow.

Morris, who considers Cousins a close friend, thinks the big man has played well in his first three games -- with one exception.

"He looks good,” Morris told King. “I’m happy for him. He’s one of the good friends, one of the guys I have a lot of respect for in this league.

"He’s been fouling like a motherf---er, but I’m happy to see him out there and get going."

Cousins fouled out in his Warriors debut last Friday and has committed 12 fouls through three games. He dropped 17 points in Thursday's win over the Washington Wizards, though, and will make Golden State even more of a headache for Boston on Saturday night.

 

But Morris sounds up for the challenge.

"There’s no question we can compete against them," he added. "I think that we probably match up with them better than anybody in the league. Just having like names, top to bottom, we’re probably right there with them. And they know that."

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