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DeMarcus Cousins to Warriors: Twitter in Disbelief as Golden State Lands Boogie

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04:  DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the first half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center on December 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The rich got richer Monday, as the Golden State Warriors agreed to a deal with four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Cousins will sign a one-year, $5.3 million contract. The Warriors have won three NBA titles in four years, and now they're adding a player who's averaging 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in his career.

Warriors star Stephen Curry welcomed his new teammate, with Draymond Green chiming in as well:

Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30

The 3rd splash Brother ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Letโ€™s go @boogiecousins

Draymond Green @Money23Green

Yeah man.... crazy!!! Santorini is a blast! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

They were far from the only NBA players to react Monday night:

Larry Nance Jr @Larrydn22

https://t.co/hnHV4cnKt1

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

Letโ€™s pull a DeAndre Jordan and just Trust it

Jeremy Lin @JLin7

Wow...crazy!!

Andrew Bogut @andrewbogut

Free Agency is living up to the hype!! #wow

Nick Young @NickSwagyPYoung

Wow๐Ÿ‘€

JAE CROWDER @CJC9BOSS

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE GUYS.!?? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Granted, Cousins is coming off a major Achilles injury, but playing in the Bay Area represents an excellent landing:

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Tom Fornelli ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ @TomFornelli

I think what Boogie is doing is brilliant. A one-year deal that allows him to rehab his Achilles, win a ring, and then enter free agency next summer with that Championship Shine.

Kevin O'Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

DeMarcus Cousins first needs to show what type of player he is following an Achilles injury that his ruined careers in the past. It's a perfect opportunity for Cousins to do that with Golden State. If he excels, he'll get paid big-time somewhere next offseason. Wow.

Assuming Cousins can make a full return and be his old self, Golden State's starting five will somehow be even more devastating:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Warriors potential starting line-up: Steph Klay KD Dray Boogie https://t.co/HqxufzWa2W

Many commented on what Cousins' move means in the 2019 NBA title race:

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Dave Schilling @dave_schilling

Golden State let LeBron have ONE DAY of happiness before they fully crushed his spirit yet again.

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

Warriors agree to sign 4x All-Star Boogie Cousins, to play beside: 2x MVP, 5x All-Star Steph Curry MVP, 9x All-Star Kevin Durant 4x All-Star Klay Thompson 3x All-Star Draymond Green LeBron checking to see if he can go back to the East ๐Ÿ˜‚

Shea Serrano @SheaSerrano

if the only reason you watch basketball is to see who wins the championship then you're missing like 90 percent of the best stuff

Jay King @ByJayKing

My brother just texted me saying he thinks heโ€™s gonna boycott the NBA lol.

Rusev @RusevBUL

NBA Iโ€™m officially DONE with you!! Itโ€™s been a good ride

There was also plenty of incredulity about how the Warriors could find a way to strengthen their roster despite already having the NBA's most star-studded squad:

Dan Favale @danfavale

"good job keeping a player you already had tho" https://t.co/RlY1tcxSio

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

Bob Myers with the ultimate heat check. Yes, the Warriors got DeMarcus Cousins

Jared Dudley @JaredDudley619

NBA owners might lock us out now! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

No franchise can build a dynasty without some level of luck. Some noted how the stars aligned to allow Golden State to sign Cousins:

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

The Kevin Durant tax savings on his contract now goes to the signing of DeMarcus Cousins. The Warriors tax bill is now $34.8M with four open roster spots. Had Durant signed for the $35.6M max, Golden St. would have had a tax hit of $52M.

Fred Katz @FredKatz

The cap spike has changed the Warriors like no cap quirk ever has for a team. Durant signs. And if teams donโ€™t overspend in 2016, there are ones with space this summer to make Cousins a legitimate offer. If those exist, heโ€™s not taking a one-year, $5M deal.

Bringing Cousins aboard isn't without some risk. In addition to the questions about what kind of player he'll be post-Achilles injury, he's a big personality joining a team that has generally had excellent chemistry.

But the reward is massive for Golden State. Cousins brings something to the table the team was lacking the last few years when it relied on Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee at center.

And if the Warriors can win a title with Pachulia and McGee operating inside, then imagine what they can do with Cousins occupying the paint.

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