When a player like DeMarcus Cousins, even the current injury-hampered iteration, becomes available on a below-market contract, you have to try to make the deal work - even if you're the already-dynastic Golden State Warriors. After all, every other team in the league is trying to better their own roster in one way or another, and similarly, every player is trying to better their life.
To Stephen Curry, it's the same reason why LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, despite his stranglehold over the Eastern Conference with the Cavs and Miami Heat over the past eight years.
"Every year, every summer, everybody has to figure out, for one, what’s the best interest for you as a person, and your family and where you are in your career and make decisions," Curry told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick. "And two, if I was on the other side, and I wasn’t on the team that was the last man standing and holding the trophy, you try to exhaust all efforts to try to figure out how to get better as a team, get in a better situation, whatever the case is. But it also goes both ways, because we’re trying to get better too."
And what else are the Warriors supposed to do - make their team worse for the betterment of the league? Curry was indignant at the thought.
"So everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA - I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever. We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a championship and staying stagnant, we wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice."