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.
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.
Sources: Multiple teams have expressed interest in DeMarcus Cousins but have been told the four-time All-Star will sit out the resumed season and continue rehab for full return in 2020-21.
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.
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 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.
Big news! I’ve been in talks with the @SacramentoKings about a front office role and associate coaching position! We have worked out a deal that will be announced tomorrow. @boogiecousins will be re-joining me and the team at the same time! Let’s go Kings!
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.
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.
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.”
Frank Vogel said DeMarcus Cousins, waived in light of Morris being signed, has become “part of the family,” and he’ll still be a presence as he’ll continue to work out/rehabilitate with the team. Vogel added that Cousins won’t travel or be on the bench during games.
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.
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.