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DeMarcus Cousins shocks the NBA by signing free agent deal with Warriors

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DeMarcus Cousins shocks the NBA by signing free agent deal with Warriors

Move over, LeBron James. We have the real shocker of the 2018 NBA offseason.

DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to join the defending-champion Golden State Warriors, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. Cousins, 27, is signing for just $5.3 million, the taxpayer mid-level exception.

The Wizards had the same money to spend, as did many teams, but clearly Cousins is going for a ring by signing with Golden State. He is set to miss several months to begin the season with a torn Achillies, but should return in time to help the Warriors go for their fourth title in five years.

Cousins joining the Warriors makes them even stronger. They now have five players who have been All-NBA selections, meaning they can roll out a starting lineup reminiscent of an All-Star team.

It's stunning news and will only strengthen the Warriors' hold on the NBA even more.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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