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DeMarcus Cousins already looking skinny this summer

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DeMarcus Cousins has battled injuries over the past two years that have destroyed his value as a free agent, and it would appear the big man is committed to being in better shape entering next season.

Cousins, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, looks like he has lost a significant amount of weight over the past few weeks.

Cousins apparently dropped all the weight by adopting a vegan diet, which may be something he is doing just for the summer.

Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors last summer hoping to prove he is worthy of a big contract, but a torn quad muscle at the start of the playoffs coupled with his torn Achilles last year scared teams off. There was also at least one team that was not interested in Cousins due to the potential for him to create drama, so he should have plenty to motivate him with the Lakers next season. Getting into better physical shape seems like a good place to start, especially since he admitted during the NBA Finals that his conditioning was an issue.

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins discussed reuniting

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Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Rajon Rondo were teammates once and apparently enjoyed it so much they wanted to experience it again.

During the 2017-2018 season, Davis, Rondo, and Cousins played for the New Orleans Pelicans. Following that season, Rondo signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cousins, who was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, shocked the NBA world by joining the Golden State Warriors.

The three are now teammates once again with the Lakers. According to Cousins, this is something that was discussed on several occasions.

The last time Davis, Cousins, and Rondo were on the same team, they advanced to the second round of the playoffs. This time around they are hoping being on a team with LeBron James will take them even further.

DeMarcus Cousins to sign one-year deal with Lakers

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins is taking another one-year deal to try to rebuild his value.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers after being recruited by several players.

Cousins didn’t have much of a market when becoming a free agent, but the fact that Kawhi Leonard turned down the Lakers left them with cap space and a need to fill out the roster. Cousins is a nice buy-low candidate. A former All-Star, if they can keep him healthy, he should provide a potent frontcourt with Anthony Davis, who he is reunited with after their time together in New Orleans.

DeMarcus Cousins fires longtime agent as he searches for new team

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DeMarcus Cousins has been unable to generate any interest from teams since free agency began on Sunday, and he is hoping his new representation will be able to do a better job of selling his services.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Cousins has hired a new agent.

Cousins signed a team-friendly deal with the Golden State Warriors last year hoping to prove himself after recovering from a torn Achilles, but he then tore his quad muscle at the start of the playoffs. While he returned after a few weeks, teams are obviously concerned about his injury history. At least one team has also shied away from Cousins because of his reputation for being difficult to handle.

It’s somewhat surprising that Cousins has not found a home yet given his enormous potential. Perhaps his new agent can help take care of that.

Celtics reportedly not interested in DeMarcus Cousins due to ‘potential drama’

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The Boston Celtics are looking for ways to fill out their frontcourt now that Al Horford has departed in free agency, and DeMarcus Cousins would provide them with an inexpensive option who has All-Star potential. Many teams are passing on Cousins because of his injury history, but that is apparently not what concerns the Celtics.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Boston has not entertained signing Cousins because of the “potential drama” that could come with him.

Cousins has a reputation for not being able to control his emotions, and he even expressed a desire to get rid of his “Boogie” nickname a few months ago because he wants to start fresh. You can understand why teams would be hesitant to sign a player who is coming off a torn Achilles and torn quad and has character concerns, and those concerns are probably even more magnified for the Celtics.

Danny Ainge recently spoke about wanting to prioritize humble, hard-working players over simply amassing top talent, which was almost certainly a reference to Kyrie Irving and all the issues between him and his teammates last season. After hearing those comments, it’s no surprise he may want nothing to do with Cousins.

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly has no market in free agency

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins joined the Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal last summer hoping to prove he was recovered from an Achilles injury before cashing in on a massive free agent contract, but to say things did not go as planned would be an understatement. Now, the big man may be looking for work wherever he can find it.

When asked on Monday night which teams are interested in Cousins, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said there is “not a market” for the four-time All-Star.

“I think he hoped some big-market teams that have cap space would strike out and he could get a one-year, $12, $15, $18, $20 million deal. That’s not happening. I don’t know if the mid-level exception he got from Golden State last year, I don’t think that’s there for him.”

Cousins made $5.34 million with the Warriors this past season, which was the mid-level exception for teams paying luxury tax. That salary has increased to $5.72 million next season for tax-paying teams and $9.26 million for non-tax teams.

While he’s still just 28, Cousins was not really all the way back from his Achilles injury when he suffered a torn quad at the start of the playoffs. He averaged a respectable 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds during the regular season with an offense that had plenty of mouths to feed, but teams obviously feel the injury risk is too great.

At least one team was said to be considering making a big offer to Cousins, but it appears that ship has sailed. He signed a team-friendly deal with Golden State last year in hopes of proving his worth, and he may have to do that again this summer.

Clippers also reportedly eyeing DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

After feuding with the LA Clippers years ago, could DeMarcus Cousins now be joining them?

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reported this weekend that the Clippers are “intrigued” by the possibility of signing the four-time All-Star in free agency.

Cousins, 28, is probably the biggest wild card on the market this summer. He proved useful to the Golden State Warriors in limited run during the NBA Finals but did not offer a comprehensive gauge on how well recovered he was from the ruptured Achilles tendon that he suffered a year-and-a-half ago.

As for the Clippers, Cousins once said a while back that he hated them. But now that all the players he clashed with are off the team, he may be a solid contingency plan for the Clips if they miss on their other free agent targets.

Knicks reportedly considering big offer to DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

The New York Knicks opened up significant salary cap space as they prepared for this summer’s class of free agents. But if they’re unable to land the big targets they’re chasing like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they may look to DeMarcus Cousins with a big offer.

The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported on Wednesday that the Knicks are considering offering Cousins a considerable one-year offer.

The Knicks are projected to have the most salary cap space in the league and will have to spend the money somewhere if they don’t get a player like Durant. They did not extend qualifying offers to Emmanuel Mudiay and Luke Kornet in order to keep the maximum amount of space.

New York’s young core includes Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith, Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier and Mitchell Robinson.

Cousins’ free agent market did not develop last offseason because he was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, so he settled for a one-year deal at the taxpayer mid-level exception price with the Warriors. He may be looking to maximize his earnings this time around.

DeMarcus Cousins suggests he is leaving Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins appeared to confirm his impending departure from the Golden State Warriors in an Instagram post on Saturday.

The free agent-to-be shared the message on his Instagram story, thanking the Warriors and their fans for a memorable season and concluding by stating “I’m at ya necks next season.”

In other words, judging by that last sentence, Cousins sees himself elsewhere next season. That’s not a surprise. While he left the door open on a return during his exit interviews, the Warriors can only pay him about $6.3 million next season, and even with the injuries that plagued him this season, he should be able to get more than that on the open market.

Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 regular season games for Golden State. That dropped to 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in limited playoff action as Cousins was held back by injury.

DeMarcus Cousins ‘open’ to returning to Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins was always expected to be a one-year experiment for the Golden State Warriors, but the center isn’t closing the door on potentially extending his stay.

Cousins admitted he was “open” to staying with Golden State despite the fact that the Warriors are very limited in what they could pay him.

“I’m open,” Cousins said, via Mark Medina of Bay Area News Group. “We’ll see what happens.

“It was a weird summer last summer. So you never know how things work out. I’m open and I’ll make the best decision for myself and my family. We’ll see which way the wind blows.”

Cousins took a one-year deal with the Warriors to contend for a title and rebuild his value. He did not get the first, and the second didn’t go quite as well as he likely hoped either, instead raising fresh concerns about his durability. He’s still probably priced himself beyond the roughly $6.3 million the Warriors can offer, but he wasn’t expected to wind up there last summer, so it’s not completely impossible.