1. Golden State Warriors
If Boogie is set to once again sign a one-year deal to work his way back to full strength, there are certainly a number of teams with the financial assets to bring him in. If that’s the case, though, why wouldn’t DeMarcus remain in a setting he’s grown comfortable with?
The Golden State Warriors brought Cousins in from the cold when it appeared he had nowhere else to go in free agency– the details of which are still unclear. They helped nurse him back to full health on multiple occasions and did their best to make him feel at home in his new surroundings.
He settled into the Bay Area and likely developed a consistent routine. To upend all of that just to do it again in another city for one year seems silly. His return to the Dubs may have seemed improbable before the playoffs, but that was before disaster struck Golden State in ways never before experienced.
Even if both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were to re-sign with the Warriors this offseason, the former will miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season while the latter wouldn’t be expected back until February.
What was once an unstoppable offensive force has been whittled down to a singular presence in Stephen Curry. Without much wiggle room financially, Bob Myers would love nothing more than to bring Cousins back into the fold as a means for production at the offensive end in whatever form that may be.
Whereas Boogie may have floated in and out of the offense at times with the ridiculous weapons at Steve Kerr‘s disposal, that will change in the coming year. He’ll get more minutes and touches — maybe not enough to return to his previous form, but as many as needed to make an impact.
Cousins may have needed the Warriors at first, but now it appears they require him just as much to compete next season. In a year that is sure to have its rocky moments, there’s no logical reason for DeMarcus to bolt from what has become a familiar setting with an expanded role and budding team chemistry.