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DeMarcus Cousins appears to take shot at former team Kings

There is still no love lost between DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings over three years after their split.

The Kings lost in overtime to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, dropping them to 0-3 in the Orlando bubble. Right around the time that the game went final, the four-time All-Star Cousins tweeted a cryptic message in apparent reference to his old club that read, “Who’s the scapegoat now?”

Cousins, who is still recovering from a torn ACL and is currently without an NBA team, played with the Kings for his first seven career seasons before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2017. He was regularly blamed for the team’s perpetual struggles during his time in Sacramento, and some of the ugly internal clashes that he had there certainly didn’t help matters.

But the Kings still have not had a winning season since Cousins was traded and have cycled through a number of head coaches and brutal draft whiffs (e.g. Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic) in recent seasons. Thus, Cousins is probably right to point out that the issues with the organization ran (and still continue to run) much deeper than just one person.

Report: DeMarcus Cousins drawing interest but will sit out rest of season

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins may have an opportunity to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando, but it sounds like the four-time All-Star would rather wait until next year.

Cousins has drawn interest from multiple teams but has informed them he will sit out the remainder of the 2019-20 season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The 29-year-old wants to focus on rehabbing so he can return fully healthy next season.

Cousins has been a free agent since the Los Angeles Lakers waived him in February so they could make room to sign Markieff Morris. The big man is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last summer, and there have been reports that he could return to the Lakers next season.

While Cousins can undoubtedly be a difference-maker when healthy, the injuries have really piled up for him in recent years. In addition to the torn ACL before this season, Cousins also tore his left Achilles in 2018 and hurt his left quad last year in the playoffs with the Golden State Warriors.

Cousins is extremely close with some members of the Lakers, so it would not be a surprise if he is planning to rehab in hopes that they sign him again next year.

John Wall says he is pushing Wizards to sign DeMarcus Cousins

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John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins starred together at Kentucky, and if Wall gets his way, a reunion in the NBA could be in the cards.

Wall said Wednesday in an Instagram Live interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he has been pushing for the Washington Wizards to sign Cousins, and has even spoken to general manager Tommy Sheppard about it.

“Oh man, you know I’m trying to push for that. I’ve been on that for like five years. I want to sign him right now,” Wall said, via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

Wall added that he and Sheppard have “been talking about it here and there,” adding that Cousins is healthy after suffering a torn ACL last August.

Cousins is currently a free agent, so the prospect of him teaming up with Wall on the Wizards may be more realistic now than it ever has been before. That doesn’t mean it’s likely, though. Cousins would be a very risky signing given his injury history. The veteran center may prefer to keep working with his most recent team, as they’re much closer to contention than the Wizards are.

George Karl has great April Fools’ joke about reuniting with Kings, DeMarcus Cousins

George Karl

George Karl may have won April Fools’ Day this year by joking about his failed tenure with the Sacramento Kings.

The retired head coach tweeted on Tuesday that he reached a deal to return to the Kings in a front office and associate coaching capacity. Karl also said that former All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins, whom he notoriously butted heads with in Sacramento, was returning to the team too.

The former Coach of the Year clarified a few hours later that his “breaking news” was nothing more than an April Fools’ gag.

Karl’s time with the Kings, which marked his most recent head coaching gig, was nothing short of a steaming dumpster fire. He went 44-68 (.393) in two seasons before getting fired less than halfway into his four-year deal. Karl also clashed with Cousins in particular and tried to get the volatile center traded, leading to major tension between the two (as well as Cousins’ infamous “snakes-in-the-grass” tweet).

Nearly four years have passed though since Karl left Sacramento, so this might just be his way of saying that bygones are bygones. Karl did recently extend a peace offering to another former player that he beefed with.

NBA planning players-only ‘NBA 2K’ tournament featuring Kevin Durant, others

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The NBA may not be able to resume its season in as timely a fashion as it originally hoped, but the league is planning an event that will hopefully give basketball fans something to look forward to.

The NBA is organizing a players-only tournament for the video game “NBA 2K20” that will feature some of the league’s best gamers, including Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell. Sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports that the 16-player tournament will be broadcast on ESPN and span over 10 days. The goal is for the event to launch on Friday.

Other players taking part in the tournament include DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond. The league is still finalizing the details.

The White House recently extended its social distancing guidelines through April 30, and many states have issued “shelter-in-place” orders as the coronavirus continues to spread. It seems unlikely that the NBA or any other sports league will resume play before June, which is why we have seen leagues exploring other ways to keep fans entertained. A video game tournament is certainly better than nothing.

Frank Vogel explains DeMarcus Cousins’ continued presence with Lakers

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DeMarcus Cousins was officially waived by the Los Angeles Lakers this past weekend, but he’s still spending time around the team anyway.

Cousins continues to rehab a torn ACL, and according to coach Frank Vogel, that will continue as the center is part of the “family.”

Relations between Cousins and the Lakers appear to be very good despite his recent release. The Lakers simply needed a roster spot, and they know that Cousins won’t return before the playoffs. The two sides are so comfortable with each other that there’s a possibility that Cousins will actually be back with the franchise next season.

Report: DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers have interest in re-signing next season

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins’ time with the Los Angeles Lakers did not work out this season, but he may have a chance for a do-over next season.

The Lakers waived Cousins on Friday to make room for Markieff Morris, who was waived after reaching a buyout with the Detroit Pistons.

Cousins, who is recovering from a torn ACL over the summer, remains on good terms with the Lakers and plans to continue rehabbing with the team, though he cannot fly with them or attend their games.

The Athletic’s Joe Vardon reports that Cousins and the Lakers have expressed mutual interest in the center re-signing with the team.

Though this sounds great, there are obvious risks to re-signing Cousins. His injury issues when he tore his left Achilles tendon in early 2018. Then he hurt his left quad last year in the playoffs with the Warriors. And then he tore the ACL in his left knee.

The Lakers have used both JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard at center this season. Howard is on a one-year contract, while McGee has a $4.2 million player option for next season.