NBA coaching camps begin subsequent week, the preseason begins on October 3, and the common season is lower than a month away.
But, 4x NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins stays unsigned.
He’s nonetheless a free agent to signal anyplace.
In the course of the 2018 NBA season (the final time he made the All-Star sport), Cousins averaged 25.2 factors, 12.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per sport.
He was unbelievable from a statistical standpoint, and the Pelicans that season have been a extremely good workforce.
Nonetheless, enjoying in his forty eighth sport of the season that 12 months, he tore his Achilles.
From that time on, accidents continued to creep up on the now 31 12 months previous.
After recovering from the Achilles damage, he performed on the Golden State Warriors in the course of the 2018-19 season and averaged 16.3 factors, 8.2 rebounds and three.6 assists.
Earlier than the 2019-20 season he tore his ACL and missed the whole 12 months.
Final 12 months, he performed 41 video games for the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 8.9 factors, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per sport.
Due to this fact, he proved that he can nonetheless assist an NBA workforce.
Who ought to have a look?
For my part, the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks or Indiana Pacers ought to give him a shot.
Brooklyn: They’re a workforce that’s competing for an NBA Title with Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant. Cousins has performed on a number of groups like that (Warriors and Clippers) and was a former borderline famous person himself. Contemplating they already have Blake Griffin, Paul Milsap and different former All-Stars which might be out of their prime, he’d match proper in. They need to convey him in for coaching camp and if he impresses give him a shot to make the roster. Perhaps accidents creep up on the veteran Nets workforce because the season progresses.
New York: The Knicks are at all times a reputation to maintain a watch out for in the case of superstars, and despite the fact that Cousins will not be a famous person, he’d be price a raffle. The Knicks have instantly discovered relevance within the NBA once more. It is the primary time in practically a decade that they’re being talked about for really being a great basketball workforce. They have been the fourth seed within the Jap Convention final 12 months, and have a younger workforce on the rise. There are additionally veterans like Derrick Rose which have made a big impact. Perhaps beneath Tom Thibodeau, Cousins has an analogous resurgence as Rose did when he changed into a superb position participant final season.
Indiana: The Pacers have a workforce filled with stable however not nice gamers. They’re adequate to contend for a top-four seed, however additionally they might simply miss the playoffs if the ball doesn’t bounce their means. Even when every little thing goes properly they usually bought a extremely good seed within the Jap Convention Playoff race, they haven’t any probability at really successful a tittle or making the NBA Finals. Cousins is an enormous title, and a participant who was as soon as among the many NBA’s greatest, he’d give the followers a reputation to get enthusiastic about and will doubtlessly be an enormous piece of the workforce. If he even exhibits a flash of his former self then that may be a actually good participant.