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DeMarcus Cousins Expected To Make Warriors Debut Vs. Clippers On Jan. 18

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is set to debut with his new team on Jan. 18 against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Cousins has been out of action for almost a full year now, having suffered a torn Achilles on Jan. 26, 2018. Cousins has to miss the New Orleans Pelicans' run to the postseason, and after being out action for the first half of 2018-19, the four-time All-Star is finally ready to suit up for the Dubs.

One of the top free agents on the market last summer, Cousins wasn't able to find much interest from other teams. He ultimately signed a one-year deal worth $5.3 million with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, giving them a starting lineup of five All-Stars.

The Warriors have dealt with a handful of injuries to starting players, and they only sit at 27-14 right now - good for second in the Western Conference. The Warriors haven't been their usual dominant selves over the first half, but with Cousins set to provide a major boost up front, they should regain that near-unstoppable form again.

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Last season, Cousins averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game in 48 contests. If all goes well for Cousins with his new team, he stands to earn a lucrative contract in free agency.

Golden State will have a difficult time re-signing Cousins after this season, with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson set to hit free agency. They'll need new contracts, and unless one of those two players leave, it's hard to envision Cousins staying with the Warriors beyond this season.

What This Means

With Cousins set to make his debut, other teams are going to have a heckuva time trying to defend against five All-Stars. The Warriors should have no problem regaining their championship caliber form, as the All-Star center promises to make a major impact at both ends of the court.

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