DeMarcus Cousins the Washington Wizard?
Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reported Thursday that Cousins had a conversation in Las Vegas with the Wizards' interim president of basketball operations.
I'm hearing that #Wizards interim president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard spoke briefly with free agent DeMarcus Cousins recently in Las Vegas. The conversation was described as just small talk but still - a very interesting development.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 4, 2019
Cousins thus far has not been linked to the Wizards, but a move to the nation's capital could make sense for Boogie. While Washington is not expected to content in the improved Eastern Conference, Cousins could have a chance to put up big stats on a lottery team while hoping his big payday will come in the summer of 2020.
There are minutes to be had in Washington as well. Incumbent center Dwight Howard reportedly will return to the Wiz for the 2019-20 season, but he only played in 9 games last season and his health is very unpredictable. Washington reportedly also re-signed big man Thomas Bryant, who started 53 games for them last season, for frontcourt depth.
However, don't expect a decision from Cousins until Kawhi Leonard makes up his mind. The 2019 NBA Finals MVP holds the rest of the NBA in his hands, and Cousins reportedly will wait until Leonard chooses between the Raptors, Lakers and Clippers before agreeing to a deal with his next team.
Cousins' free-agent market has been very thin, and the big man has reportedly changed agencies as he hopes for a new deal. It doesn't appear likely that he would return to Golden State, as the Warriors can only offer the minimum salary and recently agreed to a deal with Willie Cauley-Stein, who will man the paint.
If Cousins wants to rebuild his value on a playoff team, a move to the rebuilding Wizards might not make much sense. But if he puts off his ring chase for a year and wants to rebuild his value on the stat sheet, don't rule out a partnership with Bradley Beal and the Wiz.