Reports: Cousins to join Warriors for one year, $5.3 million

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates with forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) after a basket during the second half of a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center. (Reuters pic)

LOS ANGELES: Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, according to multiple reports on Monday.

Cousins’ salary represents the taxpayer mid-level exception.

The news comes less than 48 hours after reports said Cousins planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans, his old team, and the Los Angeles Lakers, for whom the big man had been considered a likely target after they missed out on Paul George.

Cousins, who turned 28 in August, is recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon sustained in January. Prior to the injury, the Pelicans were expected to offer him a max-level, five-year contract this offseason, but the severity of the issue was expected to depress his market significantly. Now he will have the opportunity to repair his value on a one-year contract before hitting the market again next offseason.

Before his injury, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game through 48 games with the Pelicans, figures that have never been reached by one player in a single season in NBA history. It was his first full season in New Orleans after the Pelicans acquired him in February of 2017 for a package including Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and a first-round pick.

Picked fifth overall in the 2010 draft, the eight-year veteran has career averages of 21.5 points, 11.0 rebounds. 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

Former Warriors center JaVale McGee left the team to sign with the Lakers for the veteran’s minimum on Sunday, and Zaza Pachulia and David West remain free agents.

The Pelicans signed former Lakers big man Julius Randle to a two-year, $18 million deal earlier Monday.