Following a quick turnaround by the New Orleans Pelicans, agreeing to sign forward Julius Randle to a two-year, $18 million deal, DeMarcus Cousins reportedly narrowed down his interests to two teams — the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.
According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, the Celtics never made Boogie an offer, but were aware of his interest in the team. By the time they started to explore a potential offer, he had already agreed to terms on a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Warriors.
The Celtics, who shocked the NBA world by lunging a trade for Kyrie Irving with the Cleveland Cavaliers last offseason, fell asleep at the wheel while the Warriors were rather aggressive in their pursuit of Cousins.
Boston already had players under contract at the center position, with starter Al Horford already locked in for another year and having committed a two-year, $12 million deal to backup Aaron Baynes.
Golden State was already unlikely to bring back Zaza Pachulia or David West, and with JaVale McGee agreeing to sign a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers — the void was there to be filled.
The Warriors’ front office was ruthlessly aggressive in its pursuit of Cousins and it paid off, catching many by surprise and taking a flyer on the injured star, who could miss the opening three-to-four months recovering from a torn Achilles.