The last few seasons have been absolutely brutal for former Kentucky Wildcats big man DeMarcus Cousins.
The 30-year-old has been through a torn ACL, a torn Achilles, and a torn quad. That has to weigh on how much he trusts his own body.
His downward spiral started after he went down with a torn Achilles against the Houston Rockets, then playing alongside Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Cousins signed with the Warriors that offseason and rehabbed his Achilles just to then tear his quad in the playoffs, ironically against the Clippers.
The 6-10 Cousins signed with the Lakers in the 2019 offseason just to miss that entire season with a torn ACL he sustained prior to the season’s commencement. He’s since rehabbed that and proven his worth.
Cousins signed with the Rockets, a team that’s currently imploding.
However, Cousins was able to play alongside former Wildcat teammate John Wall, who the Rockets are sadly not looking to buyout.
Houston did reach an agreement with Cousins after the big man showed that he still has something left in the tank. They didn’t need Cousins and clearly wanted to give Christian Wood as many minutes as he can handle.
An unrestricted free agent, Cousins is planning to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
At his peak, Cousins averaged 27 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists. He’s a four-time All-Star and has been elected to two All-NBA teams. He’s obviously not that caliber of player anymore.
Having played in Houston earlier this season, Cousins appeared in 25 games, starting 11. He averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Hitting 1.6 threes per game, Cousins showed an ability to space the court while with the Rockets.
There’s potential for Cousins to play a factor for a championship-contending team, and that’s exactly what this signing is. For Golden State, they wanted to leverage the talent on their team with the high-level potential that a healthy Cousins has.
The Clippers with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are doing the same way, but Cousins is not an insurance policy. They’ll need him in order to contribute with the Lakers and Nets. He doesn’t add that much, but he’ll bring a powerful force to the team’s second unit.