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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski: Why Teams Didn't Want To Sign DeMarcus Cousins

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DeMarcus Cousins' NBA free agency market was a small one, apparently. It was so small that the All-Star center opted to sign a one year, $5.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. Cousins reportedly had very little interest from other teams.

Cousins actually told ESPN that he had zero contract offers at the start of free agency. He reportedly instructed his agent to start calling teams.

So, Cousins' agent called the Golden State Warriors, among other teams, and the two sides were able to work out a deal pretty quickly.

Why didn't NBA teams want Cousins?

For one, he's a big man recovering from perhaps the worst injury an NBA player can have - a torn Achilles. The history of players to come back from that injury is not a promising one.

There's another reason, too, though.

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that there were teams with cap space that just didn't want Cousins in their locker room. He's been somewhat of a troubled personality in the past, according to reports.

That's probably fair. Still, it's unreal that the reigning NBA champions, a team with four All-Stars on its roster, was able to sign a player of Cousins' talent for less than $6 million.