The Sacramento Kings are about to re-sign forward Harrison Barnes once the free agency begins. As soon as that deal is completed, they will put all their attention on landing the last piece the squad needs ahead of next season.
The Kings need to find a center this summer, and even though they have some candidates in their sights, there could be an uninvited player to their list of potential big men. The two names that sit at the top of the Kings' list are Al Horford and Dewayne Dedmon, according to NBC Sports California.
However, a player who already was part of the team can be making his case to return to the Golden 1 Center this offseason. The Athletic's Jason Jones reported on Saturday, through league sources, that free agent DeMarcus Cousins "would be open to the idea of a return" to Sacramento.
But, there is one big problem, and that is that the Kings don’t feel the same way as Cousins and are focused on working with the aforementioned Horford and Dedmon, Jones added.
Cousins was drafted by the Kings with the fifth overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft and spent the first six and a half seasons of his NBA career in Sacramento before he was shipped to the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2017 All-Star break.
Boogie was expected to sign a massive contract following the 2017/18 season, but he tore his Achilles at the beginning of 2018 and instead had to sign a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. Now, that contract is finished and Cousins is back on the road trying to find a new team.
Even though he has potential suitors this open market, the 28-year-old might not be seeing with bad eyes a return to his first franchise in the NBA. Nevertheless, with Sacramento building a new culture around the likes of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley, staying away from Cousins may be the best decision for them.