DeMarcus Cousins’ presence on the Golden State Warriors brings back all the same narratives that came about when Kevin Durant joined the Dubs in 2016.
The Golden State Warriors have reasserted themselves as the villains of the NBA, agreeing to a one year, $5.3 million deal with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Following an Achilles tear suffered towards the end of January, the market for Cousins was non-existent, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. This prompted his agent to call Golden State to gauge its interest.
For a league that was making strides to catch the super-team that is the Warriors after KD’s move to the Bay, this latest acquisition of arguably the best center in the game sets the other 29 teams back quite a bit.
This is a move that, while completely within the rights of both Golden State and Cousins, isn’t something commissioner Adam Silver should be happy about.
Despite the likelihood of DeMarcus leaving the Warriors next summer for a longer, more lucrative deal (assuming he returns from his injury at even 70 percent of his former self), Golden State will have a lineup capable of representing the Western Conference in the All-Star Game.
It’s not hard to see why that’s bad for a league struggling to maintain a semblance of competitive balance in this era of player empowerment. Here’s a look at why Boogie joining the unstoppable Warriors is a bad look for the NBA.