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Warriors sign DeMarcus Cousins

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No one saw that coming.

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This was not the free agency news anyone was expecting. Talk about coming out of left field, but that’s okay. The Golden State Warriors have signed DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal, using the $5.3 million mid-level exception.

This is enormous. Cousins, a four-time All-Star, averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game last year. He would have surely received a max contract this offseason if he hadn’t torn his Achilles in January.

The status of his health is still a little bit of a mystery, but it doesn’t change how enormous of a signing this is. The Warriors, fresh off their second consecutive championship, just upgraded from JaVale McGee to DeMarcus Freaking Cousins.

Golden State’s starting five consists of five players who all made the All-Star Game last year, including three starters.

This is just . . . there are no words. The Warriors just got one of the league’s elite centers, to go with their elite players at every other position.

Can the season start already?