The Los Angeles Lakers waived DeMarcus Cousins in order to make room for Markieff Morris back in February, ending Cousins’ tenure with the Lakers before it even started.
Los Angeles signed Cousins over the summer, but the big man tore his ACL in a scrimmage, effectively ending his year.
There was some chatter that Cousins could potentially return for the playoffs, but it never materialized.
However, he will surely draw some interest in free agency this offseason.
Here are three of the best possible landing spots for Cousins.
DeMarcus Cousins NBA Free Agency Landing Spots
3. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks didn’t have many problems last season, owning the best record in the NBA, but one area that could use some patching up is the center position.
Brook Lopez has taken a rather big step back this year, as he hasn’t been quite the three-point marksman he was last season, and while Robin Lopez was a solid backup, he declined his option with Milwaukee.
So why not take a chance on Cousins?
Giannis Antetokounmpo could certainly use another scorer alongside of him, and even if Cousins likely won’t ever be the same player again, he will probably be able to get buckets in spurts.
Plus, Cousins can space the floor a little bit, which is exactly how Milwaukee builds its offense around Antetokounmpo.
2. Houston Rockets
The Rockets basically don’t even have a center after trading away Clint Capela.
That has essentially left P.J. Tucker as the Rockets’ center, which, even in an era where small ball reigns king, is not going to get it done.
Cousins can step in and provide some bulk up front, as well as a fine pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop partner for James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
And let’s face it: right now, Houston just needs whatever size it can get.
1. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers were viewed as a potential fit for DeMarcus Cousins in the summer of 2019, but he ultimately signed with the Lakers.
If there is one area where the Clips can use some help, it’s at the center position, where they have Ivica Zubac and not much else.
To be fair, the Clippers employ small-ball lineups most of the time, with Montrezl Harrell and Marcus Morris both capable of playing the 5, but it would be nice for LA to have some more established size, and it’s unclear if both or either of them will re-sign.
Cousins has already proven that he is okay with deferring, as he was the fourth option (at best) on the Golden State Warriors in 2018-19.
At this point, Cousins just wants to win, and knowing his injury history, he would probably be willing to sacrifice some touches for the good of team success.
The Clippers are already loaded as it is, and adding a talent like Cousins would just make them that much more stacked.