The Warriors remain light years ahead, sign DeMarcus Cousins

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 22: DeMarcus Cousins
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 22: DeMarcus Cousins /

DeMarcus Cousins signs with the Golden State Warriors, effectively killing any hope teams may have had to compete.

In case you were enjoying the chaos of the NBA and the league potentially being fun. Here come the Golden State Warriors from the top rope.

One-year. $5.3 million. DeMarcus Cousins left a ton of money on the table to sign a mid-level exception and guarantee himself a ring. How did the Warriors even get $5.3 million with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Steph Curry under contract? Well, Durant left roughly $5 million on the table by taking a short-term deal.

The Warriors aren’t just rubbing it in everyone’s faces when they talk about being Light Years ahead. They truly are Light Years ahead. LeBron James thought he was playing chess by signing with the Lakers and having them load up with veterans with playoff experience. The Warriors are so far ahead of everyone that they aren’t even playing board games. They’re in a virtual reality universe laughing at those trying to find the lost dice.

The only good news for the rest of the league is that Cousins won’t be in the lineup until December or January. He’s recovering from a torn Achilles, suffered on Jan. 26 against the Rockets. The Warriors will just have to get by with their four All-Stars before they can introduce a fifth into their lineup.

The only weakness Golden State has shown in the past two seasons was inside. Teams with big bruising centers were able to pound them in the paint and beat them on the boards. That’s now off the table with Cousins on board.

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As always, this is the Warriors’ league. They’re just allowing other teams to visit and laughing in the process.