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As you'd expect, NBA Twitter exploded when the news of Cousin's signing surfaced, as the Warriors will now likely start five players with at least three All-Star appearances apiece. Cousins tore his Achilles on January 26, and it's unclear when he'll be set to return to the court. How is it that a team that features Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green need any more help?

The Lakers have prepared for the summer of 2018 for years, arranging cap space to add one or two stars to bring the team back to relevance in the National Basketball Association. However, Griffin believes that the Lakers will have to narrow things down and add only one of those superstars to their lineup.

Cousins, who is recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon he suffered in January, was in talks with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers on a potential new deal, but he decided to make the NBA's latest dynasty even stronger.

When healthy, Cousins is arguably the most dynamic big man in the entire league, and the Warriors are getting him for just $5.3 million.

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A day later, a source told ESPN that Cousins said it "might be time" to play in a major market after having spent his career to date in Sacramento and New Orleans.

Former Warriors center JaVale McGee left the team to sign with the Lakers for the veteran's minimum on Sunday, and Zaza Pachulia and David West remain free agents.

The Golden State Warriors still hold the crown until someone proves otherwise.

A two-time all-NBA selection, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a 35.4 percent 3-point shooting average last season in 48 games with the Pelicans. The Sixers now can pursue depth pieces to fill out their roster, presumably including another shooter on the wing, perhaps another wing defender and a backup center to fill in minutes behind star Joel Embiid. Both Cousins and the organization understood the most critical time of the season - the playoffs - will be the stage in which Cousins shines the most for the Warriors.

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