DeMarcus Cousins Explains Decision To Sign With Warriors

Heather Diaz
July 22, 2018

In 2017, he was traded from the Kings to New Orleans at the All-Star break after turmoil inside of the locker room was reported.

One of the most surprising moves of the 2018 National Basketball Association free agency period was DeMarcus Cousins' decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors.

The three-minute preview starts off with Cousins landing in Las Vegas on the day it would eventually be announced he was signing with the Warriors before showing clips of him running in the pool to rehab his Achilles. He has never played in the postseason, is coming off Achilles surgery in January and didn't attract much attention in free agency until signing a $5.3 million, one-year contract with Golden State.

Cousins, of course, caught some flack for joining the already-loaded Warriors. Cousins also spoke with Rudy Gay, Wesley Matthews, and recently signed Warrior Jonas Jerebko.

"He openly said he knows I wouldn't get as many touches and I don't give a, I don't care".

Other teams didn't want to take a risk on him either, according to Cousins, telling him and his agent, Jarin Akana, "We don't believe it's a good fit, or we gotta see what we're doing with our roster right now.' ..."

Cousins, as well as Warriors general manager Bob Meyers, addressed a wide variety of topics including the route that landed Cousins in Oakland as well as updates on his achilles injury that kept him out of last year's post season.

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We still don't know when he'll be back on the floor, but there is no doubt he will bring even more attention to the most interesting and dominant team in the league. He was like, 'Cous, I'm pretty sure me and you are going to fight.' I'm like, 'Draymond, Come on. "I don't give a fuck".

"There's some shit out there that's ripping their hair out, and I love it".

This is an odd couple if I've ever seen one, and now they are teammates on one of the greatest teams ever assembled.

"I could have probably got a decent contract from a bad team, Cousins said". It's just another test for me to overcome.

I talked to Draymond, talked to K.D., talked to Steph, and they were like, 'hell yeah, let's do it.' This was my ace of spades, this was my nuclear bomb, my last resort. I knew what my ace was and made the call.

"I've been through so much adversity, if I sat there and dwelled on those moments, where the f*** would I be right now?" I feel like I was in that situation at one point. Some of the positives I took from it and some I just put to the way side.

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