DeMarcus Cousins Joins Golden State Warriors With 1-Year $5.3M Deal

DeMarcus Cousins must really want a ring because, in a surprise move, the free agent center has taken a massive pay cut to sign with the Golden State Warriors.

According to ESPN, Cousin’s new contract with the Warriors is only for a year and is worth $5.3 million—which is much less than the nearly $18 million he got in the 2017-18 season for playing with the New Orleans Pelicans. So it looks like Cousins, who has battled injury issues and has played in less than 70 games combined over the past two seasons, values winning a championship over making money. After making more than

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For the Warriors, already with a staggering lineup of All-NBA talent, the addition of Cousins gives him even more time to comfortably recover from his injury prior to returning to the court next season.

Sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Cousins had narrowed his choices down to Golden State and Boston.

News of Cousins joining the Warriors comes barely 24 hours after news broke that LeBron James had signed with the Lakers for a four-year $154 million contract.

Steph Curry seems pretty excited, as does Andre Iguodala, who both welcomed Cousins to the team with open arms.

LeBron may be regretting joining the Lakers now though, because not only does his team have to play the Warriors four times per season, but they could also end up meeting in the Western Conference Finals. If he doesn’t round up enough key players to take on the Warriors, he might miss out on playing in the Finals for the first time since 2010.

Cousins is expected to start back playing by December/January, which gives him more than enough time to prepare for the 2019 NBA Playoffs

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LeBron James Signs 4-Year $154 Million Deal With Los Angeles Lakers

He really did it. LeBron James is taking his talents out West to play for the Los Angeles Lakers after signing a 4-year deal with the team worth $154 million.

Bron’s agency, Klutch Sports Group, made the big announcement Sunday evening (Jul. 1) via Twitter.

The news should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following James the past few months. And after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the second year in the row (and the third time over the past four seasons), the writing was pretty much on the wall.

James officially became an unrestricted free agent Friday after opting out of his contract with the Cavaliers Friday and declining a $35.6 million contract option for next season.

Magic Johnson, who is currently the president of basketball operations of the Lakers, is said to have engaged in immediate talks with LeBron as soon as he landed in Los Angeles on Saturday.

It isn’t clear who else might be joining LeBron, but the word on the curb is that the Lakers are trying to get Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to sign with them, which shouldn’t be too hard after snagging King James.

Now that LeBron is playing for a Western team, it’ll be interesting to see which squad will land in the 2019 NBA Finals—between the Lakers, the Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

LeBron is expected to make an official announcement about his new team on Tuesday.

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Chris Paul Out for Game 7 in Houston Against Golden State Warriors Due to Hamstring Injury

The Houston Rockets will not have one of their starting players tonight when they take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference NBA Finals. Chris Paul will be out for the game as he is currently suffering from a hamstring injury.

Coach Mike D’Antoni broke the news in a press conference Monday evening (May 28) just an hour-and-a-half before the game in Houston, saying “there was just now way” Paul would be able to play tonight.

Paul also missed the Rockets’ 86-115 loss to the Warriors in Game 6 Saturday in Oakland. Paul was average 21.1 points and 5.8 assists per game in the playoffs this year.

CP3 was one of the Rockets’ star players in their past two wins, average 23.5 points in those games and was a key player in helping them comeback in the fourth quarter of Game 4, which they won by three points: 95-92.

Unless James Harden can pull something big off by himself, without Chris Paul, Houston will most likely lose to Golden State, meaning that the 2018 Finals will probably be GSW vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers—their fourth matchup in a row.

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