DeMarcus Cousins signs with Warriors

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NBA's free agency period has taken a turn for the dramatic, as the likes of Paul George and LeBron James have opted out of the final year of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents.

Chris Haynes of ESPN reports that Cousins chose the Warriors over the Celtics.

Last year, before his season-ending Achilles injury, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.

Everyone else is officially competing for second place. We also include 2 former Lakers in Brook Lopez and Julius Randle, who could be two cheap options to pair with LeBron.

The 27-year-old is a four-time All-Star.

James is back on vacation while the Lakers are busy building a roster around him. "How about five? Such is the state of the Golden State Warriors after center DeMarcus Cousins agreed Monday evening to sign a one-year deal worth $5.3 million".

It was his first full season in New Orleans after the Pelicans acquired him last February for a package including Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and a first-round pick.

Sources say Cousins were pitching teams on one-year, $15 million deals while other teams were getting pitched on lesser deals.

Derrick Favors will remain Utah's longest-tenured player. To put this huge collection of talent into perspective, consider this: The Warriors' late-season starting lineup will have more All-NBA selections between them since the 2014-15 season than every player in the Eastern Conference (which no longer includes LeBron James) combined.

Hayward spent his first seven National Basketball Association seasons with the Utah Jazz, averaging 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

Nerlens Noel is on the move again. Bagley averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his one college season at Duke.

It's Los Angeles or bust for Kawhi Leonard. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract is yet to be completed.

ESPN, which first reported the Randle agreement, said it was a two-year, $18 million deal. And they put any lingering expectations of competitiveness to bed with the new Monday that DeMarcus Cousins was signing with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

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