DeMarcus Cousins

Report: Ex-Celtic Jerebko plans to sign with Warriors

Report: Ex-Celtic Jerebko plans to sign with Warriors

The Golden State Warriors' offseason shopping spree continued Saturday with the addition of former Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko, who was waived by the Utah Jazz hours earlier. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Jerebko, the 6-foot-10 Swede who played 2 1/2 seasons in Boston (2014-17), planned to sign with the two-time defending NBA champions after clearing waivers on Monday. 

Jerebko, 31, entering his ninth NBA season, averaged 5.8 and 3.3 points in 15.3 minutes a game for Utah last season. The Warriors earlier in the week signed free agent DeMarcus Cousins, who is expected to miss the start of the season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

NBA players lose their minds on Cousins to Golden State

NBA players lose their minds on Cousins to Golden State

The Golden State Warriors agreed to a one-year contract with DeMarcus Cousins Monday, adding even more talent to a roster that has won back-to-back NBA championships. 

Cousins will join Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as Golden State goes for three in a row. As expected, NBA Twitter has taken notice of the move and is reacting similarly to how the rest of us are... with utter shock.

His new teammates seem excited though. 

Even the NBA Players Association got in on the reaction. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

Achilles tear end DeMarcus Cousins' season

new-orleans-pelicans-demarcus-cousins-achilles-tear-12718.jpg

Achilles tear end DeMarcus Cousins' season

NEW ORLEANS - DeMarcus Cousins raced down the lane after his missed free throw, trying to make a hustle play and help the New Orleans Pelicans preserve a signature victory over one of the NBA's elite teams.

Moments later, Cousins was sitting on the court, pain in his foot and shock on his face. He tried to get up as his teammates pursued the Houston Rockets toward the other end of the court, then went back down on his back and placed both hands on his head.

Anthony Davis scored 27 points, Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before seriously injuring his left Achilles tendon, and New Orleans survived a furious Houston rally for a 115-113 victory on Friday night.

A person familiar with the situation said an MRI confirmed an Achilles tear, ending Cousins' season a little more than a week after he was voted an All-Star starter.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Pelicans have not yet announced the imaging results.

The injury, which occurred with 12 seconds left in the game, all but squelched the jubilation from the Pelicans and their fans, who otherwise would have been celebrating not just a victory over the team with the NBA's second-best record, but a fourth straight victory overall and seventh in eight games.

"We were just figuring everything out. That's the tough part," Davis said. "We've got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win.

"We've got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number's called, so we've got to make sure that we stay locked in."

Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and unconventionally sealed the victory by purposely missing a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, causing time to run out as players grappled for the rebound.

"Right now, just praying everything's OK," Holiday said, adding that Cousins' injury made the victory "bittersweet."

"Just unfortunate, really. I think we've been doing really well, got in a great groove," Holiday added, noting that Cousins' triple-double against Houston was his second in three games. "The way we've been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome."

Darius Miller hit six 3-pointers, including one with 1:52 left to give the Pelicans a five-point lead, and finished with 20 points.

Chris Paul scored a season-high 38 points before fouling out in the final seconds and nearly led Houston back from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon scored 27 points.

"We waited too long to get back in it," Paul said. "We picked up our pace a little bit. We started getting a few stops, and then it was too little, too late."

Houston tied it at 104 on Luc Mbah a Moute's layup with 2:34 to go. And the game was tied once more at 109 on Trevor Ariza's 3 with 1:17 to go before Holiday's driving floater and Cousins' follow shot gave New Orleans the lead for good.

"It is one game of 82," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We deservedly lost, but we will come back."

Cousins, however, might not.

"I feel horrible for him - everything that he's done and what he's tried to do this year for us," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "The improvements in all areas that he's made, on and off the court, it's just been great. I don't want that to happen to a guy that's trying to better himself."

© 2018 by Associated Press and STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.