The Golden State Warriors host the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, and power forward Draymond Green says the team is motivated to beat the Pelicans for their new teammate, DeMarcus Cousins.
Draymond Green conceded that the Warriors have extra motivation tonight vs. the Pelicans yo get a win for DeMarcus Cousins: pic.twitter.com/jCzk64XQFX
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 31, 2018
DeMarcus Cousins played for the Pelicans last season and was a dominant force for them before suffering his Achilles injury. The All-Star big man was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Boogie reportedly rejected a two-year contract extension in the $40 million range from the Pelicans after he tore his left Achilles tendon before the season ended. When that offer was declined by Cousins, the Pelicans took it off the table.
Cousins didn’t receive any offers once free agency began July 1, so he called the Warriors and expressed interest in joining their already stacked roster. The phone call worked, as Boogie signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with Golden State.
DeMarcus Cousins is still recovering from his Achilles injury. It’s unclear when he’s going to be ready to play for the Warriors, but he has the luxury of being able to take his time since Golden State doesn’t need his services. He has been doing more work with the team in practices, which is a good sign.
The Warriors are 7-1 on the season and enter Wednesday on a five-game winning streak.