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Cousins to Golden State: The Right Move


DeMarcus Cousins is joining the defending champ Golden State Warriors, which probably earned him a ring and ruined the NBA season before training camp begins this fall.

Cousins took a one-year deal for well below his worth, and he’s feeling the heat from his critics for “chasing a ring,” among other negative things tweeted his way. Many NBA know-it-alls on Twitter are comparing it to Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City for the Warriors a few years ago, but the two situations are nothing alike. They’re nothing alike at all.

Let’s start with that argument: Cousins’ situation is completely different than Durant’s of two summers ago. Durant was a franchise player on a team that almost (should’ve) beat the Warriors to reach the NBA Finals. He was wanted back in Oklahoma City on the team that drafted him a decade earlier. The money was there, but Durant chose to leave for the team that overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat him in the Western Conference Finals. Durant left the Thunder, his team, to join the champs.

Cousins, on the other hand, had no team to begin with. With the unfortunate injury he suffered last season, teams were low-balling him and he was left with only a few options, if any at all. He did not turn his back on New Orleans and Anthony Davis, like some are saying. New Orleans didn’t want him back. Dell Demps had plenty of opportunities to lock him back up and the offer never came. The Pelicans instead have Julius Randle.

Then with several other major free agent moves around the league, Cousins saw the window closing for him to land a spot that was worth his while. He was reportedly “stunned” that his phone wasn’t ringing when, until the injury, this was to be the summer he landed a max deal.

But according to ESPN’s Marc Spears, Cousins had ZERO offers before calling the Warriors to offer his services for a mid-level exception deal. ZERO. The four-time All-Star couldn’t find a home due to the uncertainty of his future because of the Achilles’ injury.

So, Cousins made the right move. Realizing he wasn’t going to get the money he believes he deserves, he took a significant pay-cut to join a team. And if you’re taking a pay-cut, why would you go anywhere but the best team? Do you expect him to be underpaid on a team that sucks? No, that would be idiotic. If you’re going to be making a fraction of what you should be making, at least have some fun in a positive environment.

Now Cousins can rehab in San Francisco (surrounded by his best friends and across the bay from his former home) and potentially get a ring in the process. There will be no pressure to lead a team when he comes back in January and he can take his time in making sure he’s ready to come back. Then once he does come back, he’ll have five or six months to prove he’s deserving of a big deal next summer. And what better way to prove yourself than to go to the team that’s on TV every night, in the hunt for a Finals run, and surrounded by great players that’ll make everything easier?

It’s the smart move — GENIUS, some say:

And one last point: If there is anyone who deserves a year in a winning culture, it’s DeMarcus Cousins. He gave his all to the worst franchise in the NBA for seven years (don’t get me started on the Kings’ dumbass ownership) and never got a taste of the playoff hunt. When he got shipped to the Pelicans (which cost him the super-max) and was on his way to his first NBA All-Star start and his first postseason, he suffered one of the worst injuries for a big man.

That’s eight years of disappointment and a lot of money left on the table for a guy who only wants to win. So if he wants to feel a happy and winning environment for once, go for it, Boogie. Middle-fingers to the NBA for all the disrespect throughout his career and a courtside seat in front of Riley Curry until he’s healthy again. Good for him.

Then next summer, get the big payday he deserves and should’ve gotten this summer.

Go Boogie.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

40 responses to “Cousins to Golden State: The Right Move”

  1. jahanc2uky

    Agreed and how is Magic Johnson getting off the hook here? Give him $15 mil this year you idiot and he is a Laker! The national media sucks and as a Golden State fan, I almost want to cheer for another team, because of how unfair the rosters are this season.

  2. The Original WTF Guy

    Nice take, Drew. I initially saw this as Cousins going Durant but as you note, Cousins really had no other options. While I hope the Warriors lose 83 games next year (I know they only play 82, but am hoping they are so bad they subtract one just for the hell of it) I hope Cousins comes back strong and can parlay this into a nice contract and nice career in the years to come.

    1. (Aixelsyd)0505

      Timmmay!

  3. Han

    Honestly thought he’d end up a Laker after Rondo went there, especially since Lebron still needs that “wow” addition. GS was a shock, but no one should attack Boogie for it. He was disrespected by the Pelicans who decided they didn’t need him, when all previous signs had been that he’d be happy to stay there alongside Davis.

    But the NBA and their so-called rules for ensuring this kind of thing doesn’t happen…Golden State flouted all that when they brought in KD, and now this. People have been asking what happened to the NBA that blocked CP3 from going to the Lakers years ago. Just amazing that this can happen.

    Also amazing how Boogie has managed to immediately overshadow Lebron going to the Lakers.

  4. Aar

    Dang it! Now I gotta like those darn Warriors.

    1. herm89

      Please watch your language

  5. Saul T. Nuts

    Nice article, but why would anyone put up a quote from Jemele Hill and think that means something?

    1. UK Big Board Update

      She sure triggered you, snowflake.

  6. Bluebloodtoo

    I like it. Really hope he can come back and play well this year so he has value next summer.

  7. herm89

    Why is the nba season already decided if his future is so uncertain?

  8. nybrasky

    PREACH!! Hopefully Boogie recovers well and earns the big bucks next summer.

  9. kuhlkat

    Part of the reason he didn’t get offers is because of his attitude and punkish behavior.
    Blast away

    1. Booby Petrino

      Lol you mad bro?

    2. Bluebloodtoo

      GS doesn’t seem to mind draymond green.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Absolutely correct, which is why Draymond Green and several others can’t find a job. Wait…

  10. KTR2786

    Thanks for platforming an actual bigot like Jemele Hill. According to the zeitgeist today she should be shunned.

    1. ComebackCats

      Standing up against bigotry/intolerance and being a bigot are different things.

    2. bigbluebanana

      Is it because she’s a woman, black, or because she disagrees with you politically that make you call her a bigot?

    3. KTR2786

      bigbluebanana, Haha, responding to an accusation of bigotry with bigortry. Good one!

    4. bigbluebanana

      Your comment makes no sense, you’re making yourself look worse each time you type.

    5. UK Big Board Update

      I love when people like KTR2786 expose themselves and they don’t even know it. LOL

    6. KTR2786

      Oh, please do explain. What people like me? What has been “exposed?” Because all I can determine from the responses I see is insane generalizations to the point of bigotry that you have made about me because I suggested we not give exposure to bigots. So unless you want to explain yourself, I suggest you stop making yourself look either incredibly partisan or just dumb.

    7. bigbluebanana

      Keep posting kt, you’re doing a fine job of proving our point. You never answered my original question by the way! Deflect, deflect, deflect. Lol

    8. KTR2786

      Yes I don’t answer gotcha questions from bigots but I suppose the irony of your question and it’s insinuation is completely lost on you. I will ask though are you simply defending her because she’s, black or a woman or apparently has an opinion contraryi my own? And what is this point you speak of? I still haven’t heard one.

    9. stunninsteve

      Watch out, KTR, while KSR is an awesome site for we UK fans, it also doubles as a bastion for ultra-left libs. Guess we gotta take the bad with the good…

  11. AllBall

    The only hope to beat GSW is for Green and Cousins to get so many technicals it cuts into their lead.

  12. oruacat2

    I really want things to work out for Cousins, but from a team’s perspective I’d be worried about a man his size returning from an achilles injury.

  13. michaelb

    I bet anything that lebron is trying his best to get cousins from gsw

  14. DennyC

    Take the BBN BlINDERS OFF Drew! Once a THUG, always a THUG! There is something to be said about “Character”… nuff said. #NBAisInTrouble

    1. ukkatzfan

      Angry ? Guessing the C in Denny C stands for Crum. Suggest you stretch it out and make it Crumb.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Convenient for you to overlook the charitable work he does…from Alabama to Sacramento to New Orleans to South Africa.
      And don’t forget the Santa Cuz shopping sprees for kids, and the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.
      Who is wearing blinders?

    3. UK Big Board Update

      Somewhere, Swopshire is shedding a tear in appreciation for this post, Denny.

      My favorite part: “There is **something to be said** about “Character”… **nuff said**.”

  15. ukkatzfan

    I may be mistaken here. Pelicans never missed a stride after DC injury. May have even had a better record without him. BUT that was due to AD’s “out of this world” playing in the month of February. And I got to believe his “February” was due to the fact he had Boogie to rest him. And Boogie also relaxed him with the fun they seemed to be having.

  16. catsfan1995

    Obviously you’re going to be basis towards him, Drew. He’s taken time to hangout with you in the past so it’s understandable. Won’t be cheering for him though; at least until he leaves. Unbelievable

    1. bigbluebanana

      So, if you were jobless, and no one was calling you for an interview, then, the best company in the world calls you and offers a job, you’re going to turn it down?

    2. UK Big Board Update

      Yep, just to own the libz.

    3. Cletis75

      They didn’t call him, banana. He called them. Why not call a few teams and get a competitive value. He called the rich looking for a handout. “Given not earned”

  17. CalsCats3.0

    It makes sense for Cousins but sucks for the league. The NBA needed to have either no dominate teams or 2 dominate teams. The fact that the Celtics was his 2nd option, stings even more. If Cousins was added to the Celtics, he would be fully healthy for the NBA finals. The Celtics with Cousins could make that a decent series. Warriors would probably still win 4-2, but it would be competitive games.

    Now unless there is some major injuries with the Warriors, there is no reason they shouldn’t go undefeated in the playoffs. Cousins won’t be back until late December, January, but once playoffs are here, it shouldn’t be even close.

    The only interesting thing about watching the Warriors when Cousins gets back is to see how big of a blowout they can do against other professionals. Could they pull off a route like UK did against UCLA with the 38-1 team?

    1. Aar

      Would the Celtics or Warriors rush him back from injury the most? I suspect the Celtics would rush him back more. That would increase his chances of re-injury or incomplete recovery. Also, Boston is not the easiest place for any player to build a “nice guy” reputation.

  18. stunninsteve

    Lol