RUMOR: There’s no market for Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins this summer
With so many big names dominating this year’s edition of the free agency window, one player that has perhaps been left on the outside looking in is Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins. So much so, that there is a belief that the 28-year-old does not appear to be warranting interest from any NBA team at the moment. This comes directly from no less than ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
"There is not a market for him."
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 2, 2019
Last season, Cousins returned to the court following a devastating Achilles injury that forced him to miss the second half of the 2017-18 season, then with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, the 6-foot-11 center looked a shadow of his former self, putting up merely 16.3 points (on 48.0 percent shooting), 0.9 three-pointers, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 30 appearances for the Dubs last term.
On paper, this still actually looks like quite a formidable stat line. However, Cousins’ shortcomings were exposed in the postseason as he was only able to average 7.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks in eight games. He looked completely unfit for the most part, which raises the question of whether he has, or if he will ever fully recover from the career-threatening injury he suffered two years ago.
At the end of the day, Cousins should still be able to find a team for next season. However, as Wojnarowski suggested, he may need to settle for something less than the $5.3 million deal he signed with the Warriors last year.