DeMarcus Cousins ignited a firestorm of rumors about his next landing spot with one sneaky social media move.
The NBA season in 2021-22 begins in little over three weeks, but veteran DeMarcus Cousins is still looking for work. Cousins, who spent last season with the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers, has yet to find a club to sign him as he enters his 12th season in the league.
According to a mysterious tweek to his Twitter account, that may change shortly. Cousins recently updated his profile image to a caricature of himself wearing a Sacramento Kings jersey, igniting speculation about his future destination.
DeMarcus Cousins is still unsigned.
During an NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins attempts a free throw | Getty Images/Sean Gardner
Cousins was one of the most unguardable forces in the NBA only a few years ago. During the 2017-18 season with the New Orleans Pelicans, he averaged 25.2 points per game on 47.0 percent shooting, earning him his sixth All-Star selection in a row.
Cousins’ career hasn’t been the same since he joined the Golden State Warriors in 2018 after leaving the Pelicans. He’s played for three different clubs since then, and his scoring has dropped at each stop. Cousins averaged 8.9 points per game in 25 games with the Rockets and 16 with the Clippers last season, a career low.
Cousins only played 8.3 minutes per game for the Clippers during their last playoff run, and despite shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, it’s obvious that his NBA career is coming to an end. The 31-year-old still hasn’t found a new house with less than a month before the new season begins.
Could this be about to change?
Cousins has a limited amount of time to locate a new employment before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. If he doesn’t get signed by a club in the next three weeks, he’ll have to hope for some center-position injuries to free up a roster space for a veteran like him.
Cousins’ free agency chatter has been quiet of late, but it’s picking up steam this week thanks to a sneaky social media maneuver by the big man.
Cousins updated his Twitter profile image to a cartoon depiction of himself in a Kings jersey on Tuesday night. He also tweeted the picture with the hashtag “#NewProfilePic,” sparking speculation that he might return to the team that selected him in 2010.
We’ve seen senior athletes resurrect their careers by rejoining former clubs in the past. Cousins may be the next in line for a career makeover.
The Kings would be a fantastic place for Boogie to visit.
Cousins may not be able to contribute to an NBA Finals contender at this stage in his career, but he still has enough talent to play a supporting role for a playoff club on the outside. Cousins may quickly establish himself as a trusted veteran within a youthful locker room if he rejoins the Kings.
Cousins also had his greatest successful run of playing in the NBA in Sacramento. In each of his final four seasons with the Kings, he averaged more than 24 points and 10 rebounds per game, and he was selected an All-Star in each of those seasons.
We’ll find out whether Boogie has anything left in the tank if he returns to the Kings this season.
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