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RUMOR: Heat like DeMarcus Cousins, pursued him last summer

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The Miami Heat reportedly like DeMarcus Cousins and pursued him in free agency last summer, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Cousins on Sunday, but he is still going to rehab his ACL injury with the team.

The Athletic also reported that Cousins and the Lakers have mutual interest in getting a deal done this offseason in free agency:

For Heat fans wondering about DeMarcus Cousins, who was released by the Lakers this week to make room for Markieff Morris, keep in mind that even though the Heat likes Cousins and pursued him last summer, there’s no indication he’s looking to leave South California.

A four-time NBA All-Star, Cousins has career averages of 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists with the Sacramento KingsNew Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors. He tore his left quad in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with the Warriors against the Los Angeles Clippers, but was able to play in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, where the Dubs lost in six games. Cousins rehabbed his torn quad in roughly six weeks just so he could play in the Finals.

Cousins’ injury woes actually began in 2018, when he tore his left Achilles with the Pelicans. He was on track to sign a lucrative contract in the summer of 2018 before he tore his Achilles. It’s unfortunate he had to get hurt.

Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler and newcomer Andre Iguodala have played with Cousins before. Butler and Cousins were teammates on Team USA, while Cousins and Iguodala were in Golden State last season.

Since it appears Cousins is going to re-sign with the Lakers, Pat Riley and the Heat will likely focus their attention on other big-name free agents once the summer hits.