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'The 3rd Splash Brother': DeMarcus Cousins' deal with Warriors has NBA fans talking

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, top, and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green battle for a loose ball Dec. 4, 2017, in New Orleans. Cousins and Green will be teammates with Golden State.
New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, top, and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green battle for a loose ball Dec. 4, 2017, in New Orleans. Cousins and Green will be teammates with Golden State. Associated Press file

DeMarcus Cousins is returning to Northern California — but not in the uniform he once wore.

Cousins, who played for the Kings for 6 1/2 seasons before being traded after last year's All-Star Game, has agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal to join the Golden State Warriors, The Bee's Jason Jones reports.

The 27-year-old forward-center was a three-time All-Star with the Kings. The New Orleans Pelicans forward was set to make his fourth appearance in the NBA's midseason event before suffering a season-ending injury to his left Achilles' tendon in January.

One of Cousins' future teammates has already tweeted out his excitement, welcoming "The 3rd Splash Brother" to the Warriors.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The 3rd splash Brother . Let’s go <a href="https://twitter.com/boogiecousins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@boogiecousins</a></p>&mdash; Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenCurry30/status/1013945339244527616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Reaction to Cousins' deal spread quickly on social media. Numerous people weren't happy with the news:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My response to the Golden State Warriors signing DeMarcus Cousins. <a href="https://t.co/zfmhUzBdJ2">pic.twitter.com/zfmhUzBdJ2</a></p>&mdash; Papa Bear (@RyanMcBain) <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanMcBain/status/1013956210440073217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lebron watching the Lakers sign Javale McGee when he could have been teammates with Demarcus Cousins <a href="https://t.co/p9sqpp1PyG">pic.twitter.com/p9sqpp1PyG</a></p>&mdash; (@donlapidos) <a href="https://twitter.com/donlapidos/status/1013956193667014657?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">PG: Stephen Curry<br>SG: Klay Thompson<br>SF: Kevin Durant<br>PF: Draymond Green<br>C: DeMarcus Cousins <br><br>Why NBA... is this your idea of entertainment???</p>&mdash; Tactics (@CG_Tactics) <a href="https://twitter.com/CG_Tactics/status/1013955964180094976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Once again an elite NBA player takes less money to join a better team and fans will crush that. Would you rather they JUST cared about the dollar? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boogie?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boogie</a></p>&mdash; Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColinCowherd/status/1013951984783712256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">SO YOU TELLING ME THE NBA LET DEMARCUS COUSINS SIGN WITH THE WARRIORS BUT WOULDN’T LET CHRIS PAUL SIGN WITH THE LAKERS!?</p>&mdash; JULY 21 (@Rnew_1k) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rnew_1k/status/1013955952280784896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NBA YOU ARE SO TERRIBLE!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO COMPETITION? JUST GET RID OF CONFERENCES! Warriors got DeMarcus Cousins!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAFreeAgency?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBAFreeAgency</a></p>&mdash; Shaun Bellamy (@KingZulu1231) <a href="https://twitter.com/KingZulu1231/status/1013954873891618820?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I love DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant teaming up to chase a title. It&#39;s an inspiration to deeply insecure people everywhere.</p>&mdash; Michael Baumann (@MJ_Baumann) <a href="https://twitter.com/MJ_Baumann/status/1013948261688922112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Others say the signing isn't that surprising, given the injury Cousins suffered this past season:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It should be noted: DeMarcus Cousins is coming off an Achilles tear, the worst injury an NBA player can have, and won&#39;t be ready to play until sometime during the season. This isn&#39;t like the Warriors got a healthy Boogie to take the tax-MLE. A move they had to make, but still.</p>&mdash; Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) <a href="https://twitter.com/TimBontemps/status/1013959156246573056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">For anyone bashing DeMarcus Cousins saying it isn&#39;t fair for him to join the Warriors, think about this:<br><br>He suffered a torn Achilles six months before possibly signing a max deal. He just signed for $5.3 million.<br><br>*That* isn&#39;t fair ...</p>&mdash; Cody Taylor (@CodyTaylorNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/CodyTaylorNBA/status/1013963846640459777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I hate talkin basketball wit people that don’t know nothin bout it Demarcus cousins tore his Achilles he barely gone play next year</p>&mdash; Official (@ErvGotti_) <a href="https://twitter.com/ErvGotti_/status/1013955388180500485?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">does anyone realize Demarcus Cousins tore his Achilles Tendon last season or nah?</p>&mdash; Manny Gallegos Jr. (@MannyGallegosJr) <a href="https://twitter.com/MannyGallegosJr/status/1013955963173257216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Then there are the NBA followers who point to the financial part of the deal:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just a small list of players who now make more then Demarcus Cousins. Read a couple of the names for a good laugh <a href="https://t.co/wFmewMUYbq">pic.twitter.com/wFmewMUYbq</a></p>&mdash; Drew Kiphart (@DrewKiphart) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewKiphart/status/1013955135171592192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This week on Desperate Housewives: NBA Championship Edition. Demarcus Cousins who could be getting a max contract instead takes a 1 year $5.3 Million to sign with Golden State.</p>&mdash; Darren Grosko (@PryFly4aWiteGuy) <a href="https://twitter.com/PryFly4aWiteGuy/status/1013955133263220738?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">demarcus cousins can&#39;t possibly afford a home in the bay area with that contract</p>&mdash; RR (@robertnotryan) <a href="https://twitter.com/robertnotryan/status/1013955948958765057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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