DeMarcus Cousins reportedly turned down a two-year, $40-million offer to return to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this month, opting instead to join the superpower Golden State Warriors for one year at the $5.3-million mid-level exception.
Cousins wouldn't confirm or deny that report on Thursday, but offered one comment on whether the Pelicans made an attempt to bring him back.
"I'll put it like this," Cousins said, according to the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps. "Only me and (Pelicans GM) Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night. We both know the truth. I'll leave it at that."
Cousins, who made the comments while being introduced to Bay Area media Thursday, also suggested Klay Thompson is his favorite new teammate because despite being dull, "there's never a dull moment," per 95.7 The Game.
Injuries played a major factor in Cousins' decision to sign for cheap. He's not expected to return from a ruptured Achilles tendon until January or February. Widely considered the best traditional center in the NBA, his addition should give the Warriors another lethal dimension when he's ready to play.
In 48 games with the Pelicans last season, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, a career-high 10.7 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.