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Cousins’ signing makes Warriors heavy National Basketball Association title favorites

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Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

There had always been speculation that C's head coach Brad Stevens didn't want Cousins, who has built up a reputation for being hard to coach. Hope that things implode in New Orleans this winter, which they very well could.

The only good news for the rest of the league is that Cousins won't be in the lineup until December or January. But a brutal Achilles injury this past season and concerns about his attitude left Cousins with no legitimate offers.

Cousins, a two-time All-NBA player who is coming off an Achilles injury, joins a roster that includes superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, and top-level players Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Anthony Tolliver changed teams again, this time going back to one of his former stops - Minnesota, which will sign him to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million.

A first-time unrestricted free agent, Cousins might be a stronger target for the LeBron James-seeking Lakers after free-agent guard Paul George chose to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Cousins is just the latest example - and maybe the most shocking, since he signed for less than Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli or Mario Hezonja will reportedly make next season. However, he did turn the ball over 5 times per game, which hurts his overall efficiency numbers. That win was the Pelicans' seventh in the previous eight contests.

The Spurs have the final say on where the swingman will ultimately end up, and they don't feel obliged to grant Leonard's dream trade scenario. This dynamic has helped the Warriors turn the likes of JaVale McGee and Nick Young from punchlines into champions, and the Cousins reclamation project has a significantly higher upside. Duh. Green is likely to speak to Cousins in a way that no teammate or coach has ever dared. Cousins spent the first seven-plus seasons of his career with the Kings, averaging 21.1 points per game during his tenure.

"I'm shooting for training camp".

James hasn't said much publicly about his thinking in free agency.

Cousins to the Warriors will likely be a one-year experiment for an National Basketball Association powerhouse that has won three titles in the past four years. Believe it or not. "But I'm just happy to be with the champs", said Cousins, who has never played in the postseason.

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