DeMarcus Cousins' Deal With the Warriors Broke NBA Twitter

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Golden State should've been the prohibitive favorite anyway, but this deal is better for Cousins than it is for the Warriors. It was so small that the All-Star center opted to sign a one year, $5.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.

The draft provided some exciting glimpses of the future for fans of several long-downtrodden squads, and the start of free agency offered a seismic shift in LeBron James's move from the Cavaliers to the Lakers.

The move comes as a stunner, as Cousins, one of the top free agents available and one of the top centers in all of the National Basketball Association, will join the two-time reigning champions.

Meanwhile, Cousins himself told The Undefeated's Marc Spears that joining the Warriors was his "smartest move ever" and that the move represented his "Ace of Spades". That slide should end with Durant, Curry, Green, Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Cousins potentially worth that many wins above replacement themselves (17) by themselves based on last year's performance - and that was with Curry missing 31 games due to injury and Cousins missing 34.

Phoenix forward Jared Dudley suggested the National Basketball Association owners might well lock the league out, while Quincy Pondexter suggested the next All-Star weekend should see the Warriors taking on the Western Conference All-Stars. Instead, they signed Julius Randle, who should be a help to New Orleans in the first of Davis's final two years under contract.

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Since the Warriors hired Steve Kerr as head coach prior to the 2014 season, he never had a player who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season. The Warriors have historically erred on the side of caution with injuries and can certainly afford to let Cousins take his time returning due to their depth.

In terms of his health going forward, it's really important to keep in mind the severity of an Achilles injury like this one.

Sources say Cousins may not play in an actual game until around Christmas. Reasonable people can disagree as to how Cousins's departure fits into that, though caution clearly won the day.

The Boston Celtics are the 4-1 second choice and the Houston Rockets are the 13-2 fourth choice.

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