It is not known if the connection between DeMarcus's cousins and the warriors will be peaceful and prosperous. They reached the top of the NBA without him and he is in the process of cleaning up a potentially career-damaging injury.
However, there is no reason to believe that the Warriors would be better off if they added a new one instead of cousins. Dwight Howard
There is no reason to doubt Howard's claim, such as NBC Sports Washington It was reported that the Warriors seized upon him when he became a freelance agent. They were previously interested in Howard, are hyper-aggressive browsers, and really believe in the concept of exploring all options.
The Warriors were on the market for an affordable big veteran, and Howard fits this description. So did Kyle O & Quinn, who ended up in Indiana. The question with cousins was whether he was "affordable".
If all three players were ready to join the warriors for a $ 5.3 million contract, the team would have ranked them in the following order: Cousins, O & Quinn, Howard
It would not be so that they did not take Howard seriously. It is inconceivable that they could come through with a signature.
The Warriors had no idea that cousins would be in their price range until he reached Warriors President / General Manager Bob Myers on the morning of July 2. Myers immediately put through a vote.
The GM contacted the team's most influential players and received unanimous approval. They all embraced the idea of cousins as warriors. They admired his work from afar and, despite a few controversial moments, spoke in glowing terms of his abilities.
Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson got to know cousins better during their time as a member of Team USA 201
Howard was not a member of Team USA. His last appearance representing the country came 10 years ago during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Besides, I have no memory of the warriors expressing admiration for Howard's game. If anything, there seems to be an unspoken curiosity about his inner drive and his basketball IQ. Any inquiries from Warriors regarding Howard's acquisition would not have been approved and would likely have been rejected unceremoniously.
Howard's NBA career reached its peak in Orlando, where he was an incredible athlete and probably the league's best rebounder. In the 2011/12 season it was also clear that he was ready to undermine coach Stan Van Gundy.
Both Howard (traded) and Van Gundy (fired) were gone after this season. Nobody has completely recovered. Howard went to the Lakers, where his lack of intensity disgusted Kobe Bryant. Howard then went to Houston, where he annoyed James Harden and two different head coaches for three years.
After becoming a freelance agent in 2016, Howard signed a three-year $ 70 million deal with the Hawks. He went home to Atlanta, where he grew up. It took him a year to ship to Charlotte last summer. The Hornets traded him to Brooklyn, where he was bought and renounced.
And now he's a member of the Washington Wizards, possibly the most unproductive bunch in the NBA
In Howard's mind he chose the Wizards over the Warriors. In fact, the Warriors have never selected him.
The Warriors have done what they always do when they consider roster changes. You create a board that lists the players by location – but also identifies other factors – and then works through the list. Howard would have been on the list.
But they did connect with cousins whose future may be cloudy, but a choice that would make them 100 out of 100.