All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who tore his Achilles tendon in January as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans has agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, league sources told ESPN.
Cousins, who had an average 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists and shot 35.4 percent on 3-pointers last season in 48 games, told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears he was confused and hurt that he had no offers, even from the Pelicans.
“We reached all the teams, the Pelicans, it was no offer. I understand their big year and you don’t want to ruin it by taking the chance on the damaged player. We reached out to some other teams, we got answers like we don’t believe it’s a good fit or we got to see what we’re doing with our roster.”, said DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins called Warriors president of basketball operations, Bob Myers, to discuss joining the team. In the end, they sealed the deal.
“This is my ace of spade, this is my nuclear bomb, my last resort. I’m a Warrior!”
About the low-price contract, he said: “I could have probably got a decent contract from a bad team, but how does that help I’m already fighting a career-ending injury.”
Cousins underwent surgery in late January to repair the torn Achilles. He is recovering from the injury and he hopes to recover by training camp.
Cousins said: “This is another test for me to overcome. I’m a fighter and I never give up. I’m taking this challenge.”
At the end of the interview that he gave to SHOWTIME Sports. He said: “There are some mother***** out there, that are probably ripping their hair out and I love it.”
Watch the whole interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_BCym84joQ