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Kirk Cousins is not the only Cousins that landed with a new team this offseason, and the star quarterback sees some similarities between National Basketball Association big man DeMarcus Cousins and himself.

By reportedly getting former Pelicans centre DeMarcus Cousins to agree Monday to a one-year deal for a mere US$5.3 million, the insanely rich got obscenely richer. Kevin Durant, the 2014 MVP, is a four-time scoring champ and an eight-time All-NBA team member. Last season, he showed flashes of his all-around versatility and brilliance, averaging a career-high 5 assists per game while extending his range to the three-point line where he shot 35%.

Cousins told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he received no significant offers from any of the other 29 teams, but one Western Conference GM disputed that, saying he knew of at least one playoff team capable of outbidding the Warriors that was interested.

Sign-and-trade deals would have been hard for Cousins as well since they require at least three seasons.

Could Cousins make the Warriors even more formidable in the postseason and lead to a third consecutive title and the fourth in five years?

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But prior to this stunning free agency move, the new season was gearing up to be one of the most competitive and unpredictable for a long time. "If Cousins returns to form, the Warriors may have to adjust to Cousins' game, but they'll become even more dominant and versatile than they've been the past four seasons".

In terms of his health going forward, it's really important to keep in mind the severity of an Achilles injury like this one.

There were a number of teams who had a "No Cousins" policy before DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles and he approached free agency. But he also made the All-NBA second team as recently as 2016, and has generated 11.2 points of value over replacement player (VORP) - worth roughly 30 wins - over the previous three seasons according to Basketball-Reference.com, a tally that ranks tied for 16th best in basketball during that span. He can't hold on to the ball as long as he has with other teams, either - his average time of possession is 2.6 seconds, nearly double the time of Bell (1.7) and Pachulia (1.5) in 2017-18.

"I feel fantastic", he told Spears.