Although the NBA season is set to resume in just under six weeks, the offseason has already hit some teams. The Washington Wizards, who have seen John Wall play little over the last two seasons, are one that won’t return to action.
That means it’s time to look towards the future for Washington. While that immediate future may be more focused on the draft, the team will have the cap space to have an active free agency period as well.
That said, John Wall, a five-time All-Star, is pushing for the team to use some of that cap to sign former Wildcats teammate DeMarcus Cousins.
After a rather unsuccessful stint in Golden State, Cousins signed with the LeBron James-led Lakers just to be waived in February after tearing his ACL in August. Cousins has dealt with a myriad of injuries after being hailed as one of the most dominant centers in the NBA.
Now a free agent, Wall is wanting to team-up in the nation’s capital.
“Oh man, you know I’m trying to push for that. I’ve been on that for like five years. I want to sign him right now,” Wall said talking about Cousins to the The Undefeated in an interview on Instagram Live.
Two of the top three prospects in the 2009 recruiting class, the duo both had highly successful NBA careers until injuries started to set in.
For Wall, he hasn’t played over 45 games in a season since the 2016-2017 season and has missed over the Wizards’ last 100 games. For Cousins, he was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game until the injuries started to set in late in the 2017-2018 season.
The focus is now on his health, and Wall understands that as he’s in a similar situation.
“I’m like ‘bro, be smart, take your time to get all the way healthy so you can show these people what you’re all about. I want him to focus on that and get back to the Boogie that he was,” Wall added.
Cousins next landing place is unknown, but if Wall wants him in Washington D.C. and no other team is offering him a reasonable contract, the Wizards may find themselves with the Wildcat duo sooner rather than later.