It’s hard to believe that somebody could upstage the Lakers’ signing of LeBron James, but the former LeFlore High School star did just that. Cousins is leaving the New Orleans Pelicans to form what will likely be the best starting five in the history of the NBA.
Cousins signed a one-year deal for the basement-bargain price of $5.3 million. During this season he can recover from the Achilles injury he suffered last year, become a playoff winner for the first time in his career then return to the free agent market a year from now.
If this season goes as planned, he will have a championship ring with he signed his next contract, which could be for 20 times more than the one he just signed.
People tend to forget what a dominant center Cousins is. He is one of only eight players in NBA history to average 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a season. He did that last season before being injured.
Now he will join Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant in a lineup that is probably better than the combined all-stars of every other team.
After signing with the Warriors, Cousins said this was his “smartest move ever.”
It’s hard to disagree with that.