DeMarcus Cousins showed up at the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday, but not to play. The All-Star center instead officially signed his contract with the back-to-back NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the team announced.
Though the Warriors did not disclose terms of the deal, it’s been reported by multiple outlets that Cousins will take the mid-level exception, and will earn $5.3 million over his one-year deal with the Warriors.
Cousins, 27, averaged 25.2 points and career highs of 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 48 games for the New Orleans Pelicans this season, before going down with an Achilles rupture on Jan. 26. He is still recovering from the injury, and may not be available until the middle of the season, but that may be when the Warriors — who will be shooting for their fifth straight NBA Finals — will need him most.
The 6-foot-11 Alabama native will join a lineup that will have four other NBA All-Stars, making Golden State the first team since the 1975-76 Boston Celtics to field five All-Stars on the floor at the same time.
Along with averaging 1.65 steals and 1.58 blocks this season, Cousins was one of just three players to average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds per game, the others being Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis. He was also the only player in the league to average 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
An eight-year NBA veteran, and four-time All-Star, Cousins has never played in the playoffs. Cousins owns career averages of 21.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.43 steals and 1.22 blocks in 32.3 minutes over 535 games (513 starts).
Originally selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Cousins spent his first six-plus seasons with the franchise before being traded to New Orleans midway through the 2016-17 season. He still ranks near the top on several of the team’s Sacramento-era (since 1985-86) leaderboards, including first in rebounds (5,056), second in points (9,894), second in blocks (558), third in steals (661), fourth in minutes played (14,997) and fifth in games played (470).
The Warriors will officially introduce Cousins the week of July 16.