In the new age of social media, everything a player does in analyzed, and then overanalyzed about exactly what it might mean. DeMarcus Cousins finds himself in the middle of that.
DeMarcus Cousins caused one of those stirs on Tuesday when he unfollowed the New Orleans Pelicans account on Instagram. He was asked by a fan why exactly he made the move, and his answer was simple, “cause I’m grown.”
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Cousins is going to be a free agent this summer, and for the Pelicans to resign him it would probably force them to go into the luxury tax. The Pelicans also were able to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in their first-round series without him, so there is a question about how much the team actually wants him back.
If they don’t want him back, that means that DeMarcus Cousins will need to start looking for a new team, and his latest Instagram follows might give a hint on exactly what he is thinking. After unfollowing the Pelicans, he followed Paul George and Julius Randle.
The rumors about George going back to his hometown started before he was even traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and all signs still point to him signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
If Cousins does want to go the Lakers, it seems like the most logically would be both he and George signing. Zach Lowe of ESPN reported that if the Lakers do miss out on Paul George, chances are low they would go after Cousins.
There may be only two suitors among the cap-room brigade: the Mavericks and the Lakers. And L.A.’s interest is unclear. If the Lakers whiff on LeBron and Paul George, they may want to keep their cap room open for 2019 and beyond — meaning no fat long-term deal for Cousins.