Cousins said other possible teams told his agent that he was not the right fit or they were anxious about his injury long term.
The Warriors were able to sign Cousins as a free agent despite being tens of millions of dollars over the cap thanks to one of the NBA's many salary-cap loopholes: in this case, the mid-level exception, or MLE.
DeMarcus Cousins averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds and over five assists per game at the time of his injury.
Cousins' best career game came on January 22, 2018 against the Chicago Bulls.
24 hours after LeBron James made social media go insane by actually agreeing to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and with the transactions of players that followed afterwards, the Golden State Warriors got even stronger when it was announced that DeMarcus Cousins was signing there for 1-year.
The 2018 National Basketball Association free agency period is off to a blazing start.
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James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said. James led Cleveland to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.
By the time of their elimination - at the hands of the Warriors, naturally - the Pelicans had already explored the idea of offering Cousins a two-year deal at well below the maximum salary, sources told ESPN.com in May.
Together, those five players combined for 109 points per game previous year.
There were a number of teams who had a "No Cousins" policy before DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles and he approached free agency.
For one, he's a big man recovering from perhaps the worst injury an National Basketball Association player can have - a torn Achilles. Clearly, Cousins didn't regard those exploratory talks as a real offer. Golden State will play its final season at Oracle Arena in Oakland before a move to new Chase Center in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. 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. The history of players to come back from that injury is not a promising one.
Knicks' Enes Kanter showed off some impressive editing skills by photoshopping NBA Commissioner Nate Silver in a Warriors jersey, while Cleveland big man Larry Nance Jr tweeted a gif summing up the feelings of many of his colleagues.
Admittedly, it remains to be seen whether Cousins will return to the player he was before his injury.