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DeMarcus Cousins says conversations with Warriors All-Stars sealed his shock move

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The 2018 NBA free agency continues to get crazier by the day as the Golden State Warriors decided to join in on the fun.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the back-to-back champions have pulled off a shock deal to sign All-Star free agent DeMarcus Cousins.

The center has agreed a one-year, $5.3 million deal to take his talents to the Bay Area in a move that sent shockwaves through the NBA on Monday night.

No pressure

Cousins may be recovering from a torn Achilles injury but he'll be afforded all the time he needs to get back to full health by the Warriors.

With a star-studded roster already in place, the Dubs can afford to be patient with the big man with the hope that he can be healthy enough to add to their title charge late in the season and the playoffs.

The 27-year-old told Marc J. Spears that he had no other offers on the table and was "hurt" and "confused" by this scenario.

Even the New Orleans Pelicans didn't reach out to him and it became clear that they wouldn't when they signed Julius Randle to a two-year, $18 million contract after the Los Angeles Lakers renounced the rights to him.

Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

Cousins told Spears that he called his agent to discuss his options, which included the Warriors after JaVale McGee decided to join the Lakers as a free agent.

ESPN's Chris Haynes reports that the former Sacramento Kings star narrowed his options down to the Boston Celtics and Golden State.

On Monday, he called Warriors general manager Bob Myers to express an interest in joining the team.

"This is my ace of spades," Cousins said. "This is my chess move."

New Orleans Pelicans v Washington Wizards

The art of persuasion

After terms were discussed, the two-time All-NBA selection said he had "great" conversations with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

"Every guy was excited," he said.

Boogie admitted that those conversations sealed the deal for him and he immediately contacted Myers to say he would sign.

Several Warriors players took to Twitter to express their delight at the unexpected capture of arguably the best big in the NBA.

The move will give Cousins a great chance to return to full health and enter the free agency class again next year with the hope of receiving a max deal.

With a shortage of cap space around the league this summer, teams were not willing to give him the long-term deal he was seeking and would've received prior to his injury.

The former Kentucky product had to make a sacrifice but he'll now be playing on the best team in the league and have an incredible chance to become an NBA champion.

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Topics:
DeMarcus Cousins
JaVale McGee
Pacific Division
New Orleans Pelicans
Stephen Curry
Julius Randle
Golden State Warriors
Boston Celtics
Western Conference
L.A. Lakers
Kevin Durant
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