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Free Agency 2018

Report: DeMarcus Cousins joining Golden State Warriors

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DeMarcus Cousins handles the ball against the Warriors on December 4, 2017. (Getty)

A day after LeBron James agreed to join the Lakers, the two-time defending champion Warriors upped the ante in a massive way, reaching a stunning agreement with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania was the first to report the deal.

The deal is a one-year, $5.3 million dollars according ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Cousins who tore his Achilles in January, isn't expected to return to on-court activities until December or January.

The Warriors used its taxpayer midlevel exception to sign Cousins according to Wojnarowski. The short term deal allows Cousins to get healthy, show he's back to his all-star form and trying and sign a longer term deal next off-season.

All signings will not be official until the end of the NBA moratorium period on July 6.

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