Ahead of the return of the season, the NBA will allow teams to sign free agents before resuming play in Orlando next July 31. This has sparked several rumors about what player will join a certain team and there is one that could be making the headlines for all the teams that could be looking for his services.
DeMarcus Cousins couldn't play a single game with the Los Angeles Lakers after signing with them in the offseason. Boogie went down with an injury during the preseason and never suited up for the Purple and Gold. He was waived by the team after the trade deadline, but now rumors have surfaced suggesting the Lakers will try to sign Cousins before the restart of the season.
That's when the Miami Heat appears. They are one of the teams interested in Boogie and according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Miami could bring Cousins for a playoff run.
“Again, when the Heat made their Feb. 6 trade for Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill, Pat Riley said that in trading Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters it left the team with enough room under the hard cap to potentially add player from the buyout market in time for this season’s playoffs,” wrote Winderman. “Then, amid the period when the Heat were able to gauge who might be available, the league shut down. So, yes, there is room under the hard cap for such a move. But there is not a roster spot. So unless the Heat cut a player (Solomon Hill? Udonis Haslem? Chris Silva?), another cannot be added.”
It'll be interesting how the front office will manage the situation. Haslem won't leave the team at this point, so that leaves Hill and Silva as the options to move to make room for Boogie. Cousins hasn't played since the 2018/19 season, where he joined the Golden State Warriors who lost the Finals against the Toronto Raptors.