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Here's How Much DeMarcus Cousins Turned Down To Sign With The Warriors

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The Warriors signing of DeMarcus Cousins shook the NBA world, nearly stealing the spotlight from LeBron James' long-awaited move to the Lakers.

Cousins, who is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered at mid-season, adds a fifth all-star to the Warriors' starting five.

Of course, there is no guarantee that Boogie will be healthy for most of next season. The Achilles is one of the most difficult injuries to come back from, especially for a big man.

Taking the mid-level exception, with an extremely real chance to win a championship, makes sense for Cousins. Next year's free agency market should be much stronger than the one this year, where most teams didn't have any significant cap space.

However, it doesn't sound like it was a necessary concession that Cousins made.

According to a report, DeMarcus Cousins turned down a contract from the Pelicans that was more than twice what he will make in Golden State.

Pelicans writer Joel Meyers said as much on Seth Dunlap's radio show.

The sticking point is the number of years that the Pelicans were looking at. Part of what allows Boogie's deal to make sense is that it gives him the potential to grab a big deal next year if he is healthy.

The Warriors and Pelicans weren't the only franchises looking at Cousins. The Boston Celtics were reportedly the runners-up to land him.

Based on Cousins' Instagram post about the team, it seems like however the Pelicans approached the negotiations was not cool with Boogie.