Steph Curry is looking forward to playing with a "motivated" DeMarcus Cousins

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The Golden State Warriors were already going into the 2018/19 season as the favourites to win a third consecutive title so the addition of DeMarcus Cousins in free agency makes it even harder for other teams to compete. 

Boogie will become the fifth All-Star in the Dubs' starting lineup and it has led to rival fans already questioning if it's worth playing next year. 

With Cousins recovering from a torn Achilles injury and unlikely to play before the New Year, there weren't many offers coming his way as a free agent. 

The opportunity presented itself to join the defending champions on a one-year, $5.3 million deal and he accepted it. 

Fitting in

He may arguably be the best center in the league but it's tough to predict how the 27-year-old will play after his career-threatening injury. 

There should also be question marks about his fit with the team and his disciplinary problems. 

But Stephen Curry isn't worried about any of that and believes they'll get a motivated Cousins which should benefit the team. 

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“Knowing what he’s been through, with his Achilles (tear in February) and the recovery and the opportunity he has to come back and prove a lot of people wrong, I like that," Curry told USA Today's Sam Amick.

"I like a motivated and driven DeMarcus coming back from this injury and helping us win another championship, so it’s going to be crazy and exciting.

"I don’t really know how it’ll play out Xs and Os wise, but we have a lot of talented guys who know how to sacrifice, who know how to play the game at a high level, who have high IQs.

"He’ll transition just fine. At the end of the day, we’re about winning, so I don’t think anything will get in the way of that from a distraction standpoint.”

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Cousins has already said he won't worry about how many shots he gets and is willing to be the fourth or fifth option on the team's offence. 

Head coach Steve Kerr has told the big man that there will be nights when he doesn't get many touches of the ball. 

But the Dubs know how to make things work for the sake of winning and when the former Sacramento Kings star does return to the court, it won't be a surprise if he fits perfectly with the league's best team and has a big impact. 

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