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DeMarcus Cousins: Signing with Warriors was ‘my last resort’

DeMarcus Cousins stunned the NBA world by joining the loaded Golden State Warriors on a one-year, $5.3 million deal. Cousins has been accused of chasing a ring by signing with the two-time defending-champion Warriors for the mid-level exception. Instead, he insists it was his “last resort.”

Cousins, in a scene from his new Showtime documentary titled “The Resurgence,” explains how the Warriors presented his only available option after being turned down after reaching out to several teams.

“We reached out to teams, the Pelicans, and there was no offer,” Cousins says in the video, as transcribed by Dime Mag. “I understand, a big year and you don’t want to take a chance on a damaged player. Cool. We reached out to some other teams. We got answers like, ‘We don’t believe it’s a good fit,’ or ‘We gotta see what we’re doing with our roster.’ Just bulls–t answers.

“And then there were some that were flat out like, ‘We can’t take that risk.’ I had to prepare myself for this situation. The different possibilities that I knew would happen. Talked to Draymond, talked to KD, talked to Steph and they were like, ‘Hell yeah, let’s do it.’ This was my ace of spades. This was my nuclear bomb. My last resort.

“Yeah, I could’ve probably got a contract, a decent contract, from a bad team. But how does that help me? I’m already fighting a career-ending injury. I’m not going to put myself in an already bad situation to try and prove my value or worth as a player in a situation that’s not looking to win. I knew how I’d be perceived by some. I don’t give a [expletive].”

Cousins was poised to land a max contract before suffering a season-ending torn left Achilles’ tendon in late January. Things took a turn for the worse from there. Cousins’ narrative generally falls in line with what was reported in the aftermath of his joining the Warriors. Perhaps coming off the potentially career-altering injury presented Cousins with few other options.