The 10-story banner in downtown Cleveland is scheduled to be taken down by Nike later this week, even though some Clevelanders said they hoped it would remain as a tribute to James' years with the Cavs. First, both Paul George and Kevin Durant chose to re-sign with their respective teams.
Cousins, who turns 28 in August, is recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon suffered in January.
And then the Warriors just dropped a bomb on the whole thing.
The center has agreed a one-year, $5.3 million deal to take his talents to the Bay Area in a move that sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association on Monday night.
So here's the big question: How did the Warriors pull off this heist? Cousins will sign a one-year deal so it will not have a major impact on the Warriors cap situation, except for the owners paying more of the luxury tax.
The news comes as the Kings are hosting the California Classic, a summer league exhibition in its first year, featuring the Warriors, the Lakers and the Miami Heat.
They certainly can't afford to take a step back. Clearly, he felt it was worth the risk to see if Cousins could thrive in a Celtics uniform. That eventually led to the communication breakdown between the player and franchise and ensued in the offseason discussion of where Leonard will go, specifically Los Angeles. Zero offers. This is a four-time All-Star, one of the best players in the world.
Winning is addictive, though, and maybe Cousins would be willing to stick around and sacrifice money for continued team success.
So, what can they do to avoid that fate? Golden State knows it can win without him, a fact that keeps the pressure on Cousins to play to his strengths and avoid his weaknesses.
Bayless doesn't figure as a great scorer, with a career average of 41.4% shooting for 8.3 points per game.
He has the athleticism to run the floor in the Pelicans' up-tempo offense, and he possesses the strength to bang with bigger bodies under the basket. Even if Randle fits well with Davis, the uncertainty over what could've been with the "Boogie and Brow" connection will be a dark cloud that hangs over the franchise. He averaged a career-best 17.6 points per game previous year for Orlando but was limited to 58 games by injuries. After so many losing seasons and so much criticism, Cousins should feel the same way about his new home, however temporary it might be. "Unfair team" may be more apropos. At 27, it's too late for him to undergo the type of personality overhaul he would need to drive a team with championship aspirations.
Also Monday, Derrick Favors agreed on a $36 million, two-year deal to stay with the Utah Jazz.