Draymond Green said it all: Bada bing, bada boom.
That’s how the Golden State Warriors forward expressed himself Monday night after the Golden State Warriors agreed to bring four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the Bay Area on a one-year, $5.3 million dollar deal, much to the chagrin of the rest of the league.
After the Los Angeles Lakers made five moves in a 24-hour span — including the signing of LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million dollar deal — the franchise that once made the playoffs just five times in a 30-year span shook up the NBA world again, nearly two years to the day Kevin Durant decided to play hoops in the Bay Area.
Cousins just isn’t some stiff, either. It’s a reason why the NBA is shook at the moment, thinking that the 2018-19 season is already over.
Think about this: According to Marc Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated, General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers wasn’t even thinking about Cousins. Cousins, after confiding with his agent Jarinn Akana on Monday morning due to a lack of interest, decided that he would call the Warriors.
The rest is history. He was a Warrior before the sun settled in the west.
Before I dive into who Cousins is and what he can do to help the Warriors and himself, I must say, the whining from media members outside of the Bay Area — not to mention the crying from players and fan bases — is nauseating. It’s sad and pathetic.
The Warriors are trying to win. They’ve become the San Francisco 49ers of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. They’ve turned into the New York Yankees. The organization wants to rack up championship banners, so would they say no to Cousins, especially at a $5.3 million midlevel exception pricetag? This was a $21-22 million dollar move for the Warriors — since they are over the cap — and their current tax bill is set to be $35.6 million. The tax hit could have been $52 million, but Durant saved the Warriors some cash with his new one-and-one deal.
Cousins missed out on anywhere from $150 to $220 million dollars. Nobody in this free agency would touch the man they call Boogie. First of all, who knows when he’ll will play in a game? He’s currently rehabbing from a gruesome torn Achilles injury he suffered back January 26, 2018, when he dropped 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a victory against the Houston Rockets.
That injury kept him from potentially playing in his first-ever postseason, and there are some pundits, including myself, who think the New Orleans Pelicans played better without him.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Pelicans did offer Cousins a two-year, $40 million dollar deal. Maybe Cousins took that as a slight. I have no clue, but, according to Stein, the Lakers apparently had a chance to sign him at the mid-level exception.
Magic Johnson and the Lakers said no. So Cousins decided that he’d take his talents to the Bay Area.
Sure, he had character issues in Sacramento, issues which eventually got him sent to New Orleans. He’s accumulated 118 technical fouls in his nine-year career and has had run-ins with fans, media members and has shown a lack of composure at times.
Being handed the keys to a dysfunctional franchise in transition isn’t easy for any 20-year-old. Cousins put up numbers for the Kings, but all of the other stuff seemed to get in the way of him leading them to the playoffs. He certainly deserves blame for his antics in Sacramento, but he certainly shouldn’t shoulder all of it.
This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Warriors. Cousins says he’s pushing to be back by training camp, but he won’t be rushed. He’ll have all the time in the world to rehab, learn the Warrior way, and soak up knowledge from Steve Kerr, defensive guru Ron Adams and the rest of the crew.
Maybe Cousins plays for three months. He’ll have to adjust to the lack of shot opportunities, minutes, and he may even have to watch from the bench in crunch time.
Cousins has basically bet on himself. If he plays well, keeps his mouth shut and rehabilitates his image, he’ll be able to hit the market and receive that lucrative nine-figure contract he was seeking this offseason.
The fact that Cousins decided to take that gamble with the Warriors is something I haven’t yet truly comprehended, save that the rich get richer. Bada bing, bada boom.