Rumors: Clippers monitoring DeMarcus Cousins situation with Warriors
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Clippers are reportedly monitoring DeMarcus Cousins this season and seeing how he comes back from his Achilles injury with Golden State.
Cousins signed a one-year deal worth $5.3 million with the Warriors last summer, but he is expected to play out of Golden State’s price range once free agency starts in July. The All-Star big man, assuming he stays healthy and plays well, figures to sign a lucrative deal in the summer, and it’s probably not going to be with the Warriors.
“No team is concrete. Obviously there’s some teams looking and lurking. L.A. Clippers, they’re being really aggressive out there,” Haynes said on the Nate Duncan podcast when asked about Anthony Davis and the trade deadline. “They’re looking at Kawhi [Leonard]. They’re looking at Kevin Durant. Obviously they’re monitoring the Anthony Davis situation. They’re monitoring DeMarcus Cousins – seeing how he’s gonna progress through the Achilles injury that he just came back from. There’s not a lot of teams right now.”
Cousins has played in two games this season with the Warriors. He is averaging 11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 35.0 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line.
If Boogie can show teams he can be the dominant low-post presence he was before sustaining the Achilles tear, he will likely have multiple suitors in free agency. We’ll see if Steve Ballmer, Jerry West, Lawrence Frank and Doc Rivers still have interest in DeMarcus Cousins once free agency starts on July 1, 2019.