LeBron going to the Lakers wasn’t that big of a surprise once he opted out of his Cavaliers contract, since doing that narrowed his possibilities considerably. A much bigger surprise transpired not much later: DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Golden State Warriors.
In a cool market that was projected to be even more tepid for centers, Cousins reportedly was left with no offers Monday morning and had his agent call around the league. With few teams with cap space (and those that had more than the non-taxpayer midlevel to offer not interested), Cousins took a one-year, $5.3-million deal that seems paltry.
Cousins famously saw his 2017-2018 season end January 26 due to an Achilles tendon rupture. Therefore, there are some questions as to when he can come back and, if he does, whether he can be effective.
Still, is this a case of the rich getting richer as it appears on the surface?