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DeMarcus Cousins unexpectedly lands deal with top contender

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Sound the alarm because Boogie is officially back.

The Milwaukee Bucks are signing former All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Cousins put up 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds a game last year between the Houston Rockets and the LA Clippers. He had gone unsigned through the first month of the new NBA season, and it did not look like Cousins would be back in the league this year.

The defending champion Bucks have been forced to downsize this season with usual starting center Brook Lopez still out due to a lingering back issue. Cousins will give them some added depth in the frontcourt, and signing in Milwaukee also reunites him with an old New Orleans Pelicans teammate.

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Teammate couldn’t believe Steph Curry wasn’t a diva

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Stephen Curry is a two-time NBA MVP and one of the best players in league history. As Andre Iguodala recently reminded us, he is also widely considered to be one of the most humble.

Iguodala, who won three NBA titles with the Warriors, discussed what it was like to play with Curry during a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s “Old Man & The Three” podcast. Iguodala said the thing that baffles some teammates most about Curry is that the seven-time All-Star doesn’t have the same “quirks” that many other superstars have.

“Every superstar or those generational talents, they have quirks about them,” Iguodala explained, as transcribed by Paolo Songco of Clutch Points. “Like I need six red Skittles in my locker before every game or I need like four pair of shoes in front of my locker to choose from, all brand new, half laced. Like you know, little, weird stuff.”

Curry apparently has none of that. Iguodala says that was downright baffling to DeMarcus Cousins, who played in Golden State for a season. Iguodala recalled a great exchange he witnessed between Cousins and Curry.

“DeMarcus Cousins, when he was with us, one random day he was like, ‘Yo are you real?’ to Steph. He (Curry) was like ‘What are you talking about?’” Igugodala said. “He (Cousins) was like, ‘Bro you’re the best player in the league, bro you don’t get mad about nothing? You don’t ask for nothing? You don’t want any special treatment?’ Like he don’t ask for anything.

“He (Curry) was like, ‘Nah, I’m one of the guys.’ He (Curry) was confused. Whatever the day calls for. If we playing pickup, we playing pickup. If we doing drills, we doing drills. Just Normal. DeMarcus was like, ‘Bro, you’re an incredible person.’”

That is obviously a great compliment for Curry and an illustration of why he is such a likable player and teammate. There are a number of reasons Curry is being recruited by one of the biggest stars in the league. His game is obviously at the top of that list, but he’s also viewed as an asset in the locker room.

George Karl again throws shade at DeMarcus Cousins on Twitter

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George Karl still is not letting go of his feud with his former player DeMarcus Cousins from the looks of it.

The ex-Sacramento Kings head coach took another opportunity to throw shade at Cousins in a tweet on Friday. A fan account sparked debate by asking for a ranking of Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Cousins during his prime. Karl replied to the tweet by simply posting a laughing-face emoji.

The question posed is a bit far-fetched considering that Jokic was the MVP this season and Embiid finished second. But while Cousins never cracked the top ten in MVP voting, people often forget how excellent of a player he was during his peak years. Cousins was a 27-11 guy at his apex who was an absolute menace in the post, ranked as one of the best passing big men in the league, and also added a three-point shot to his repertoire over time.

Granted, Cousins never won much of anything in those years. But his situation in Sacramento was pretty toxic, and Karl certainly did not help matters any. Now over a half-decade later, Karl still cannot stop talking about how much he dislikes Cousins. A few months ago, Karl posted a similar tweet trashing Cousins.

DeMarcus Cousins gives impassioned defense of Paul George

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DeMarcus Cousins gave an impassioned defense of his teammate, Paul George, after PG13 had a big game on Monday night.

George had a huge game for the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. He went 15/20 shooting with 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in his team’s 116-102 win over the Phoenix Suns. George also was perfect at the free throw line, going 8-for-8.

George played such a great game that he was able to carry his team to victory and avoid elimination. After the game, Cousins, who scored 15 points in 11 minutes, talked up his teammate. He specifically struck back at the line of thinking that George is not a big-game player.

The narrative came in large part because of what George has done. The guy called himself “Playoff P” and then performed poorly in the playoffs. You can’t give yourself such a nickname and then not live up to it.

So, yes, George did it to himself. But if he keeps playing this well, he will change the narrative. He just has to keep delivering consistently, which isn’t easy. His Clippers are still down 3-2 in the series.

Video: DeMarcus Cousins shoved Devin Booker at end of Game 2

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The Phoenix Suns pulled off an incredible win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, and things got chippy between Devin Booker and DeMarcus Cousins at the end.

The Suns were down 103-102 and had the ball under the basket with 0.9 seconds left. They used a perfect inbounds play to throw a pass from Jae Crowder to Deandre Ayton for an alley-oop (video here). As the officials were trying to sort out whether more time should be put back on the clock, Cousins was seen giving Booker a firm shove.

Booker may have deserved it. One camera angle of Ayton’s game-winning alley-oop showed that Booker immediately ran over to the Clippers’ bench to celebrate. He then enthusiastically joined his teammates and crossed paths with Cousins on the way. You can see all of that in the video below:

Phoenix now holds a 2-0 series lead, so you can understand why Cousins was frustrated. What has to really sting for the Clippers was Paul George missing two free throws with 8.2 seconds left. If he made either one, the series might be tied heading into Game 3.

DeMarcus Cousins expected to sign with Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers are looking to keep pace with the Lakers in terms of building their roster for the stretch run, and they are hoping DeMarcus Cousins will help in that department.

Cousins is expected to sign with the Clippers once he clears the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Cousins signed with the Houston Rockets prior to the season and was waived last month. He averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 games with Houston.

The Clippers, who entered Wednesday with a record of 32-17 and in third place in the Western Conference, have been making an effort to get deeper. They also traded for Rajon Rondo prior to the deadline. Rondo, a fellow Kentucky alum, has been teammates with Cousins twice in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans.

One Clippers player and former Cousins teammate appeared to publicly recruit the big man earlier this week.

Cousins has a chance to provide the Clippers with solid frontcourt depth behind Serge Ibaka and Ivica Zubac. The Lakers made a big move when they signed Andre Drummond this week, and that likely put more pressure on the Clippers to respond.

Clippers players recruiting DeMarcus Cousins to team?

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The LA Clippers may be trying their best to become Kentucky West.

Clippers big man Patrick Patterson took to Instagram on Sunday to post a picture of himself with DeMarcus Cousins from their time together at Kentucky. The two were teammates in the 2009-10 NCAA season, culminating in an Elite Eight appearance for the Wildcats.

The Clippers also just traded for another Kentucky alum in Rajon Rondo. The veteran guard Rondo has twice been teammates with Cousins at the NBA level on the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cousins remains a free agent, and there may certainly be some recruitment efforts here on the part of the Clippers. They do not necessarily need the size with Serge Ibaka and Ivica Zubac already holding down their frontcourt. But the Clippers do have two open roster spots and are surely eyeing what their rivals have been doing lately.

DeMarcus Cousins released by Rockets

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Following days of speculation about his future with the Houston Rockets, veteran big man DeMarcus Cousins has been released.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the Rockets are releasing Cousins. The move will allow the 30-year-old to hit the open market and explore other opportunities.

The Rockets have already guaranteed Cousins’ $2.3 million salary for this season. Charania also notes that they have given positive feedback about the center’s brief time with the team, so it seems like the two sides are parting ways on good terms.

Cousins averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 games with Houston. It does not sound like he will have trouble finding another job, as multiple teams are said to have interest in him. You may not be surprised to hear which team is the favorite to sign Cousins.

Lakers are favorites to land DeMarcus Cousins?

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DeMarcus Cousins never got a chance to take the court for the Los Angeles Lakers, but the opportunity may soon be presenting itself again.

Heavy.com’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson reported this week that the Lakers are believed to be the favorites for Cousins once he parts with the Houston Rockets. Robinson mentions the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets as expected suitors for the former All-Star big man as well.

Cousins, 30, was on the Lakers last season but did not appear in a single game for them after tearing his ACL in an offseason pickup game. He did receive an NBA championship ring for being on the roster however.

As for the Lakers, Anthony Davis is in the middle of an extended absence, and the aging Marc Gasol is the only true center on their roster. Cousins might only be good for 12-15 minutes per game on the Lakers. But they are clearly looking to upgrade their frontcourt, if not by adding Cousins then perhaps by adding this fellow Rocket.

Report: Lakers interested in DeMarcus Cousins

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Could a reunion with the Los Angeles Lakers be in the cards for DeMarcus Cousins?

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported Saturday that the Lakers are expected to pursue Cousins when he is released by the Houston Rockets. Cousins would address the team’s need for frontcourt depth with Anthony Davis sidelined for several weeks.

Cousins spent all of last season with the Lakers, though he didn’t actually play for them after suffering a torn ACL. The two sides got along so well that there was some consideration to bringing Cousins back for this season.

The Lakers face some issues if they want to bring back Cousins. They could only offer him a minimum contract, which other teams could beat with exceptions. If Cousins is fine with that, it could work, but if not, the Lakers don’t really have the wiggle room to make it happen financially.