DeMarcus Cousins' Deal With the Warriors Broke NBA Twitter

DeMarcus Cousins missed most of last season with a torn ACL and has now signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. Rob Carr/Getty Images

Before the NBA free agency opened on Sunday, some wondered whether one of the most anticipated summers in years would live up to expectations. Less than two days into the free agency window, the answer is a resounding "yes."

Having watched LeBron James pick Los Angeles as his next landing spot, the Golden State Warriors opted to let off some fireworks themselves, agreeing a one-year deal worth $5.3 million with DeMarcus Cousins.

While Boogie is returning from a torn Achilles—an injury that has derailed the careers of many a big man—the deal means the team that has won three titles in the last four years has now added a fifth All-Star to its roster.

Predictably, reactions within the NBA world were rather mixed.

Stephen Curry immediately christened Cousins as the third Splash Brother, while fellow Warriors Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Nick Young all welcomed their new teammate.

The 3rd splash Brother πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Let’s go @boogiecousins

— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 3, 2018

Yeah man.... crazy!!! Santorini is a blast! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) July 3, 2018

Big fella!!!!

— andre (@andre) July 3, 2018

CBS, meanwhile, compared the Warriors to Star Wars' Death Star, while Clippers guard Lou Williams suggested the move would usher in a new playoff format, something Sixers forward Thaddeus Young seem to agree with.

Live look at Warriors HQ

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) July 3, 2018


— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) July 3, 2018

Knicks' Enes Kanter showed off some impressive editing skills by photoshopping NBA Commissioner Nate Silver in a Warriors jersey, while Cleveland big man Larry Nance Jr tweeted a gif summing up the feelings of many of his colleagues.

Adam Silver has agreed to a Mid Level Extension with the Golden State, league sources tell ME. 💣😂

— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) July 3, 2018

— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) July 3, 2018

Bulls forward Bobby Portis, meanwhile, took a trip down memory lane, while Celtics' Jae Crowder asked the question on everyone's mind.

But Chris Paul couldn’t come play w Kobe LOL man stop it πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ

— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) July 3, 2018

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE GUYS.!?? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) July 3, 2018

Phoenix forward Jared Dudley suggested the NBA owners might well lock the league out, while Quincy Pondexter suggested the next All-Star weekend should see the Warriors taking on the Western Conference All-Stars.

NBA owners might lock us out now! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 3, 2018

Would love to see the Warriors vs The Western conference all stars during all star weekend

— Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) July 3, 2018

Portland's center Jusuf Nurkic and Cavs' guard Jordan Clarkson saw the funny side of it, while Knicks' guard Emmanuel Mudiay was as shocked as the rest of the NBA.


— Jusuf NurkiΔ‡ (@bosnianbeast27) July 3, 2018


— Emmanuel Mudiay (@emmanuelmudiay) July 3, 2018

Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers told the Warriors to forget about their prized assets, just in case they fancied adding some NFL players to their roster.

Sorry, @Warriors. You can’t have @LarryFitzgerald.

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) July 3, 2018

No, @warriors... you cannot have @AB84.

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 3, 2018

Admittedly, it remains to be seen whether Cousins will return to the player he was before his injury. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Warriors will bid their time with the Alabama native and look to introduce him in the line-up by the end of the year.

However, the news was a blow to pretty much everyone who doesn't support the Warriors, apart from Joel Embiid, who urged the Sixers to add a star of their own and take the fight to Golden State.

Let’s pull a DeAndre Jordan and just Trust it

— Joel β€œTroel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 3, 2018