NBA players react in shock to DeMarcus Cousins' decision to join the Warriors

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This summer's NBA free agency is already shaping up to be arguably the wildest in the league's history. 

We are just days into the market officially opening but we have seen some incredible moves taking place. 

It began with Paul George making the surprising decision to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder and that was followed by LeBron James' huge decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign for the Los Angeles Lakers. 

But if that wasn't crazy enough, the Golden State Warriors have once again become the big winners of the offseason by pulling off a shock move. 

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Late on Monday night, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the defending champions have agreed a one-year, $5.3 million deal to sign free agent DeMarcus Cousins.

It's a remarkable capture by the Warriors as they add arguably the best center in the league to an already formidable lineup. 

According to Elias Sports Bureau, they will now become just the sixth team in NBA history to put five All-Stars on the court together and the first since the 1975-76 Boston Celtics. 

As you would expect, the news sent shockwaves around the league and it led to stunned reactions by fellow players. 

Cousins, of course, is recovering from a torn Achilles and is unlikely to return before Christmas. 

But with the depth of talent at Golden State's disposal, the 27-year-old will be given all the time he needs to get back to full fitness before he makes a return. 

It's an extremely low-risk move for the Warriors and although he's earning much less than his true value, it's a sacrifice worth doing for Boogie. 

He has a great chance to win a championship and if he gets himself healthy and returns to his previous level, he will receive a max deal next summer when he hits free agency again. 

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The two-time All-NBA selection averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists and shot 35.4 percent from three-point range last season with the New Orleans Pelicans in 48 games. 

Cousins told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he had no other offers, even from the Pelicans, and it left him hurt and confused.

The prospect of a starting five of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Cousins is already mouthwatering for Dubs fans but a nightmare for the rest of the league. 

General manager Bob Myers has pulled another rabbit out of his hat and the odds have unsurprisingly soared on them completing a three-peat next year. 

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