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DeMarcus Cousins’ Choice Was Between Warriors And Celtics

DeMarcus Cousins’ Choice Was Between Warriors And Celtics

He should be able to come back before the end of the season, but it will take some time for him to get into playing shape, and learn to the play in his new team's system.

And when he is, the two-time defending National Basketball Association champions will be waiting.

The Golden State Warriors just signed DeMarcus Cousins to the mid-level exception, adding another superstar to their lineup. Frank Kaminsky of the Hornets sounded dazed, tweeting, "5 All-Stars on 1 team.... wow". How did the Warriors even get $5.3 million with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Steph Curry under contract? Cousins was off to a career-year last season, averaging 25.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game before the injury.

"The 3rd splash Brother", Curry tweeted.

In other words, even with nearly four months to go before the regular season begins, it already appears to be game over for the rest of the league.

But the Spurs do not have complete leverage as Kawhi openly tells the public about only wanting to re-sign with the Lakers when his contract expires in 2019.

Cousins clearly relies on his athleticism for much of his effectiveness, but he does have pretty good feel for a big man and his unusual skill set for a 6-foot-11 bruiser would make him an asset for most teams in the league - let alone the embarrassingly talented Golden State Warriors. But players can not sign contracts and teams may not comment until 12 p.m. on Friday.

Last year, the California native had told the Indiana Pacers it meant to sign for the Lakers this summer before being traded to Oklahoma.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin says the Cavs are "still in the mix", though we think the combination of the team still needing to vastly improve its roster and the Cavs' hands being partially tied by LeBron's reported lack of engagement with the team aren't helping their odds. He'll work hard every single day. That's what I'm working on.

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LeBron James, finally, made his latest "decision".

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Cousins narrowed his choices down to the Warriors and Boston Celtics.

Also Monday, Derrick Favors agreed on a $36 million, two-year deal to stay with the Utah Jazz.

He can do that now, and then some.

While Cousins isn't known primarily for his three-point shooting, he averaged 2.2 a game last season on 35.4 per cent from the field.

With James out of the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia believes it can make a run at getting to the NBA Finals.

The Pels lost two starters and replaced them with free agents such as four-year point guard Elfrid Payton and fifth-year forward Julius Randle, a former Kentucky star recruited by Pels star and fellow United Kingdom standout Anthony Davis.

The Pistons added Jose Calderon, who will reunite with his former coach Dwane Casey. However, with a high asking price, no deal was done prior to James signing.