When free agency opened on July 1, former Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins was in a tough situation. Following a season-ending Achilles injury suffered back in January, the four-time All-Star’s stock was low, and interest wasn’t all that high around the league. There were even reports that his team, the New Orleans Pelicans, didn’t even offer a contract.
So after two days of stress and lack of interest, Cousins shocked the world by joining the Golden State Warriors.
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In the latest release, Cousins was interviewed about his free agency decision and how he ended up on arguably the greatest NBA team of all time.
“I’ve been up for two days straight, honestly,” Cousins said. “I’ve been up for two days straight. We reached out to teams. The Pelicans, there was no offer. I understand, it was a big year and you don’t want to ruin it taking a chance on a damaged player. Cool.”
And the lack of interest wasn’t just from the Pelicans. Almost no one around the league, despite averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds last season, wanted him.
“We reached out to some other teams. We got answers like “We don’t believe it’s a good fit” or “We gotta see what we’re doing with our roster.” Just kinda, like, bulls**t answers. And then there were some that flat out said “We can’t take that risk.”‘
And then he reached out to Golden State and their players, where he was welcomed with open arms.
“I talked to Draymond, talked to KD, and talked to Steph. They were like “Hell yeah, let’s do it.” You know, this was my ace of spade. This was my nuclear bomb, my last resort.”
Cousins said he understands he could’ve gotten a fine contract on a losing team, but that’s not his goal. After years of losing in Sacramento, he wanted to win.
“Yeah, I probably could’ve gotten a decent contract with a bad team. But how does that help me? I’m already fighting a (potentially) career-ending injury. I’m not going to put myself in an already-bad situation… A situation that’s not looking to win,” he said.
And if you don’t like his decision? He doesn’t care. At all.
“I knew how I would be perceived from some. I don’t give a f**k… There’s some motherf***ers out there that are probably ripping their hair out right now. And I love it.”
Check out the full interview below:
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