Warriors Betting Odds to Win 2018-19 Title Soar After DeMarcus Cousins Signing

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured 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 Golden State Warriors were already the favorite to win the 2018-19 NBA title. But after agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with DeMarcus Cousins, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors understandably jumped far ahead of the pack in the odds department.

OddsShark shared the latest NBA championship odds:

OddsShark @OddsShark

Updated odds to win the 2018-19 NBA Championship (@LVSuperBook): Warriors -125 Celtics +350 Lakers +400 Rockets +600 76ers +1400 Thunder +6000 Raptors +6000 Jazz +8000 Spurs +8000 Trail Blazers +10000 Bucks +10000 Wizards +10000 Pelicans +10000 Nuggets +20000 Cavaliers +50000

Ben Fawkes of ESPN later shared that the odds had already been adjusted again for the Warriors:

Ben Fawkes @BFawkesESPN

Make that -150 for GS https://t.co/XEou5pNJiO

In Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, the Warriors had arguably already accumulated the most talented starting lineup in NBA history. And then they added one of the most talented centers in the NBA to that group? Really?

Sometimes, life isn't fair. Even the league's players were trying to figure out what had happened when the news broke:

Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30

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

Andre Iguodala @andre

Big fella!!!!

Nick Young @NickSwagyPYoung


Larry Nance Jr @Larrydn22


Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

Well well the NBA is NUTS and also the best league lmao https://t.co/zwtcgq9oZP


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

Here's what the Warriors added: A center who averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last season with the New Orleans Pelicans while shooting 35.4 percent from deep. In most summers, the Warriors would never have been able to afford the four-time All-Star and two-time second-team All-NBA selection, let alone use a mid-level exception to bring him aboard.

But Cousins tore his left Achilles tendon in January, and it remains unclear when he'll play this season. For that reason, the market didn't develop for Cousins in the way it might have in past seasons.

According to Wojnarowski, "The free-agent market dried up on Cousins, who struggled to find a team willing to give him a long-term contract at the kind of max-level salary that he would've received prior to the injury."

That opened the door for the two-time defending champions, who not only can afford to be patient with Cousins while he recovers, but also could counterbalance a low monetary offer with the chance for Cousins to win a title.

There's the rich getting richer, and then there's this. Frankly, it's all just a bit absurd.