Reports have come in that Dwight Howard, traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Brooklyn Nets, was wanted by the Golden State Warriors before they chose DeMarcus Cousins. Although Cousins was deemed a risky choice especially considering his Achilles injury, Howard was more risky for the Warriors.
When writer Tim Kawakami was asked about the decision to sign Cousins, he said: "I have not heard thrilled. I've heard bold, I've heard risk taking is good, and I've heard—I haven't reported this, so maybe this will get aggregated—it's better than Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard was a no. That was a no in a lot of precincts of the Warriors, flat-out no. So DeMarcus Cousins, against that backdrop, is a thumbs up. [Dwight Howard] was, no, let's not do that...they're both risks, you had to take one—let's go get DeMarcus Cousins."
Cousins agreed to a one-year deal at the mid-level exception worth $5.3 million. Howard has agreed to a deal with the Wizards.