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DeMarcus Cousins agrees to a one-year deal with the Warriors

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Essentially, the Warriors replaced starting center JaVale McGee, the "Shaqtin" A Fool' star who signed with LeBron's Lakers, with Cousins, an extreme upgrade at a position that has always been the lone weakness for the reigning champs. Cousins is coming off a torn Achilles, an historically debilitating injury for basketball players. How is it that a team that features Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green need any more help?

If anyone thought the Lakers made a statement getting LeBron, the Warriors certainly answered that tonight.

Kawhi Leonard prior to Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriorsc at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017. The Nuggets, who will be deep into the luxury tax after re-signing restricted free agent center Nikola Jokic next month, have about $34 million in expiring contracts for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and Wilson Chandler to send out in possible deals.

If the Lakers are able to acquire Leonard - which they must do given what happened with Paul George - life would be changed. It's unclear when Cousins will return, how effective he'll be when he does, and how he'll fit with the Warriors once he returns.

If both James and Cousins sign with Los Angeles, it would be a nice rotation alongside Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram - especially if they can bring back restricted free agent Julius Randle.

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The Pelicans struggled to find their footing without the star big man in the lineup, but they started playing at the fastest pace of any team in the league Davis became a serious contender in the MVP race, eventually finishing third in the voting.

In his second season in New Orleans, Cousins was having the best season of his career.

Smith later added that he has not heard that directly from Leonard or anyone else associated with his camp, but said not to rule out anything when it comes to the Spurs' all-star forward.

James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals and shot 54.2 percent from the field this past season.

The Spurs saw firsthand last season the complexities of dealing with an independent medical staff, which players are entitled to under the CBA.

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