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DeMarcus Cousins reportedly turned down bigger offer to return to Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly turned down bigger offer to return to Pelicans

Indeed, that is the case for the Warriors, who will be adding Cousins to a lineup that includes All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as a former NBA Finals MVP in Andre Iguodala. I don't care whether they formally presented it yet if everyone understood Cousins could have gotten that amount.

There are a few factors involved, so let's break down how Cousins landed in Oakland.

Imagine Myers picking up his cellphone and a man with a deep voice says, "Hey, this is DeMarcus Cousins ... got a minute?" The two-time all-NBA selection, however, suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury on January 26 against the Houston Rockets.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports it's a one-year deal worth $5.3 million.

That's right - not even the Pelicans came calling. Our list of most valuable players on expiring contracts is populated by the also-rans of the league - those players who could make a difference only in the best, tailor-made scenarios for them. The Mavericks got their center early by signing DeAndre Jordan.

"Boogie" can focus on continuing the rehabilitation process and connecting with his new teammates and coaches. With James officially headed to the Los Angeles Lakers now look towards the rest of the roster and which players they could add to make a run at an National Basketball Association title this season. As Lakers fans continue to express excitement following Sunday's news that James intends to sign with their team, business in downtown L.A. are also looking forward to the 14-time All-Star's arrival. In 48 games, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 75 percent from the free throw line. If Cousins is healthy then it's very possible.

Think about what Cousins does well.

They didn't. The Pelicans had a tentative meeting scheduled with Cousins in the coming days, per sources close to the situation.

However, the news was a blow to pretty much everyone who doesn't support the Warriors, apart from Joel Embiid, who urged the Sixers to add a star of their own and take the fight to Golden State. He won't be able to log a usage percentage above 30 or dominate the ball for long stretches.