On Wednesday night, DeMarcus Cousins scored 15 points and picked up 10 boards for the Bucks in a loss to the Raptors. Over the course of 17 games, he’s averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for a team that needs great quality play as Brook Lopez recovers from back surgery.
After that game, the Bucks gave up on Cousins.
Now comes a report that the Nuggets are likely picking Cousins with a 10-day contract.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2022
Cousins are expected to meet with Nuggets president Tim Connelly before a contract is officially offered, sources say. Cousins also played for Nuggets head coach Michael Malone with the Sacramento Kings and had a strong relationship with him.
– Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) January 9, 2022
Before a road match at the end of October, # Nuggets Michael Malone said this about Boogie:
“I think it’s crazy that DeMarcus isn’t in the league right now. This guy is a very, very talented player.
He’s always had a good thing with Cousins.
– Mike Singer (@msinger) January 9, 2022
Malone took a lot out of Cousins when the two were at Sacramento, before the Kings boxed Malone into one of the most inexplicable coaching layoffs in recent NBA history.
The departure of the Cousins Bucks was strictly financial, his contract on the verge of being guaranteed for the season. Bobby Portis impressed as a starting center in Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo played more center (these are the Bucks’ most dangerous lineups), and the Bucks expect Lopez to return this season. They didn’t want to take a spot on the list and pay extra cousins. Instead, they signed Luke Kornet for a 10 day contract.
The loss of the Bucks is the gain of the Nuggets.
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