By far, this summer’s most stunning free agency move came from Demarcus Cousins when he decided to join a Warriors team that has won three of the last four NBA finals. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you know that Boogie signed a one-year deal with the Warriors, taking a HUGE pay cut in the process, signing for $5.3 Million.
Even though it shocked all the sports world, it became more understandable in the coming days why Boogie did this. 29 teams refused to offer him, and he is coming off an Achilles injury in which he still needs to prove his superstar status.
Have fun, almost guarantee yourself a championship, and have four other superstars around you to take some of the focus off of you so you can have more room to rehab. It makes total sense, and even though I hate that the Warriors are getting better and better, it’s hard to blame him for this move.
According to Marc Stein, League sources say that during the season Cousins turned down a two-year extension on his contract in the $40 Million range. It’s been reported that the Pelicans offered Boogie this extension after the injury, but still during the season. Once Cousins declined, New Orleans took the offer off the table.
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— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 3, 2018
It’s clear that Cousins thought he would cash in this summer, but teams weren’t sold on him coming off an injury and the fact that Boogie won’t be expected to play until January. A healthy Boogie would have certainly gotten his money this summer, but his injury took things off course.
Now it seems the question has shifted from ‘Why would Boogie Sign with the Warriors?’ Now it’s ‘Why did he turn down that offer’ or, more importantly, ‘why did the Pelicans take it off the table? Was it after the play of Anothny Davis? Did New Orleans think they didn’t need him and could free up some cap space?’
So many questions that are currently unanswered that resulted in the Warriors becoming even more unstoppable.
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