Cousins told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears he personally reached out to Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Monday morning about signing with Golden State. Back then, though, the National Basketball Association had only 18 teams, compared to today's 30, making the Warriors' quintet that much more wonderful.
For one team with dreams of unseating the Warriors this season, especially with LeBron James now playing in the Western Conference, the Cousins news was even more painful.
In this January 10 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans centre DeMarcus Cousins shoots a free throw against the Memphis Grizzlies. But if Cousins is on the court at the end of games, that means Andre Igoudala is not, and every National Basketball Association team will be fine with that.More news: All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England
Stein also reported that the Los Angeles Lakers were approached with the opportunity to sign Cousins on "a one-year price point similar to the one that landed him in Golden State". Perhaps the best examples of the MLE working as originally intended are Shane Battier, who joined the Miami Heat in 2011 and played a vital role on two title squads, and Shaun Livingston, who signed with the Warriors before the first of their three championship runs over the next four years.
What's certain right now is that the Warriors are buying low with a player who is arguably a top 10 talent in this league when fully healthy. It's unclear when Cousins will return, if he'll return at all this season.
Sources say Cousins may not play in an actual game until around Christmas. Golden State's Andre Iguodala was equally excited, tweeting, "Big fella!"More news: How Japan cleaned up at the World Cup
Many joked about Silver actually being a member of the Warriors himself.
The Celtics, who will still have one open roster spot even if they bring back guard Marcus Smart - as they are expected to - could have offered Cousins all or part of their mid-level exception.
The Houston Rockets would hope the duo of Chris Paul and James Harden can continue to shine in the second year together and a similar scenario will likely take place with the Oklahoma City Thunder with Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.More news: Avid ballet dancer loses legs in Bahamas tour boat explosion