Golden State Warriors: Ranking the team’s top 25 options in free agency

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 8: Klay Thompson #11 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors look on in Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 8: Klay Thompson #11 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors look on in Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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DeMarcus Cousins

There’s a mystery surrounding just about every Warrior free agent. Outside of Klay and KD, we don’t really know the price range for players like DeMarcus Cousins, Kevon Looney and Quinn Cook.

Cousins did average 16.3 points per game last season. At the same time, he increased his passing skills and was oftentimes a force on the defensive end. Yet, he still struggled mightily on the defensive end.

He would be relentlessly attacked on many possessions. It’s too easy to switch Cousins onto a guard and allow that guard to shake free of Cousins, getting a good, clean look on many possessions. That’s why Cousins departure may not be depressing for many Warrior faithful.

However, he’s a four-time All-Star, and although his athleticism and stamina have been drained by that ruptured Achilles, he’s still a solid option. There aren’t many better centers on the open market than Cousins.

Is he worth eight figures though? I’d assume both parties may consider giving Cousins the MLE, that’ll total just over $5.5 million.