Several rival executives are also exasperated that Cousins did not at least wait for a better offer.
Before the National Basketball Association free agency opened on Sunday, some wondered whether one of the most anticipated summers in years would live up to expectations.
Free agent big man DeMarcus Cousins stunned the National Basketball Association world on Monday night when he agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the world-champion Golden State Warriors, bolstering the historically talented lineup with yet another All-Star.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the back-to-back champions have pulled off a shock deal to sign All-Star free agent DeMarcus Cousins. Then after that, DeMarcus said he talked to Stephen Curry, he spoke with Kevin Durant, he spoke with Draymond Green.
Here is a list of some of the individual titles Curry, Durant, Green, Thompson and Cousins have between them: Three MVP titles, two NBA Finals MVP award and Defensive Player of the Year. Even if Cousins takes until, say, late February to recover from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in January, he should be back to his forceful self by the playoffs, giving Golden State's starting lineup a quintet of all-stars with which to pursue its third straight championship.
However, if Cousins does return and can play effectively, it would be a huge win for the Warriors, who have never had a big man like Cousins before. The small chance of him somehow beating the odds and returning to form by the postseason make this a risk worth taking for the Warriors, but they did not sign a player who is going to contend for an All-NBA team next season. They had to know that would go over poorly with Cousins, who believed his track record justified a max-level contract - even coming off one of the most devastating injuries in sports. Golden State can now start five All-Stars if coach Steve Kerr so chooses. For his career, Cousins averages 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists per game.
The Warriors couldn't give Cousins the contract he wanted, but they could offer most everything else.
Even putting aside any concerns about Cousins not being a great fit with what the Warriors do, his injury alone means there was not much of a market for Boogie.