The Los Angeles Lakers waived DeMarcus Cousins earlier this week to make room for their new player, Markieff Morris. Cousins signed a one-year deal with the team in the offseason after spending the 2018/19 season with the Golden State Warriors. However, he didn’t appear in a single game with the Purple and Gold, who decided to cut him.
Now, Boogie is once again in the search of a new team and today we’re going to present you the five best franchises for the center come next season. With career averages of 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks, Cousins is a very good player who can be helpful to any team if he stays healthy.
He surely won’t miss suitors for his services, but now we’ll name the five best destinations for him.
5. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have history receiving players who recovered from injuries in recent times and Cousins could be another example. Erik Spoelstra and company could help Boogie a lot and he could join a team with a lot of potential.
Of course, Miami counts with Bam Adebayo as their starting center, but adding Cousins wouldn’t harm anyone in South Beach. This guy can bring a lot of things to the table and the Heat would benefit from his presence at the paint. Still, he needs to remain healthy if he wants to help the team succeed in the league.
4. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are the team that needs a center the most. No doubt about it. They made some curious decisions before the trade deadline struck, shipping Clint Capela and Nene Hilario to the Atlanta Hawks. They are using PJ Tucker as their starting center, a move that raised a lot of eyebrows around the league.
DeMarcus could become the third string for the Rockets, who are led by James Harden and Russell Westbrook but don’t have an imposing presence in the paint. Cousins and the Rockets could use each other to be successful in the league. He already played with one of the best backcourts in the league in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, so sharing touches with Harden and Brodie shouldn’t be hard for him.
3. Golden State Warriors
It looks like Boogie could reunite with some of his former teams next campaign. We start with the Golden State Warriors, the last team that saw Cousins on the floor, playing an official game. The 29-year-old joined the Dubs on a one-year deal with the Warriors in 2018/19 after suffering a torn Achilles with New Orleans the previous season.
Cousin played a smaller role with the Warriors compared to how he was used with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, but he was still productive with 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals in a career-low 25.7 minutes per game.
The Warriors are readying the comebacks of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson; perhaps adding Boogie to the mix doesn’t sound that crazy.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Of course, the Lakers are going to try to sign him once again. They even stated there was “still a possibility” he plays this season for the Californians. Even though he’s out now, next season could be different for the center, and the Lakers appear to have the upper hand when it comes to his signing.
He’s remained with the team and Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that Cousins was expected to be allowed to continue to use the Lakers’ facilities to rehab even after they cut him from the roster. Moreover, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Cousins is planning to stick around as well.
1. Toronto Raptors
This is a very interesting spot for Boogie, as there is no better destination for players like him. Teaming up with Pascal Siakam sounds like a great plan for Cousins and create another association in the paint, just like he did with Anthony Davis in New Orleans.
A potential move to Canada for Boogie sounds more likely for Boogie knowing that both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka could leave this summer, as they are due to become free agents once the season is finished. Toronto still has a very good team to compete in the East; joining them sounds like a very good option for the center.