Coming off a gruesome achilles injury, Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins looks to take each game at a time, as he soaks up his time being a Warrior until the offseason comes around. From there, where does he plan on going? These are some of the teams that could use Cousins on their team.
The first team that comes to mind that needs a center would be the Los Angeles Clippers. Since the department of the “Big Three”, the Clippers have been lacking a talented center. With their center Marcin Gortat getting older, they would need someone like center DeAndre Jordan in his prime to lockdown the paint and score when needed to. Cousins could do that, plus more. He is one of the best well-rounded centers in the game, being able to do things on both the offensive and defensive end that the Clippers have been looking for. With his skills, he could also have a really great chemistry with Los Angeles Center power forward Tobias Harris and shooting guard Lou Williams, possibly forming a new “Big Three” in Los Angeles.
The second team that comes to mind that needs a center would be the Chicago Bulls. With Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez coming out of his prime and the Bulls not living up to expectations, this would be the right time for Cousins to join a team that needs as much help as possible. With point guard Zach LaVine having a career year, it would help the team to get an offensive force like Cousins to help him out, as well as help the team potentially making the playoffs for the first time since 2011.Cousins could also he be a mentor for the young team, showing his teammates what they could do to improve their game and potentially shape players like LaVine and Chicago Bulls power forward Jabari Parker from great players to superstars.
The final team team that comes to mind who needs a center would be the New York Knicks. Since the trade that happened Thursday afternoon, they have been looking a playoff contending team next season. With the additions of point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan, the only place the Knicks would need someone would be the power forward. Putting Cousins at the power forward would benefit the New York Knicks, having the duo of Jordan and Cousins at the front court being able to do it all, potentially having one of the best frontcourts in the NBA- even passing the duo of power forward Blake Griffin and center Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons.
If DeMarcus Cousins were to go to these teams, expect these teams to open their wallets, since Cousins is notorious for signing long-term contracts for an abundance of money, getting over two million a year for the first four years he played for the Sacramento Kings, before signing a 13.7 million dollar contract extension for the Kings his last season there. He then played for the New Orleans Pelicans for two years, averaging almost 17 million a year, before taking a significant pay cut and signing a 5.3 million dollar contract with the Warriors to win an NBA finals. The money that Cousin gets he deserves, as he has averaged 20+ points and 10 rebounds for most of his career with the teams he’s played with. If Cousins is injury prone, expect him to be a significant role for the team that he is playing, taking the team he is with to the playoffs, since Cousins hates losing.