DeMarcus Cousins is continuously being linked to a possible move to the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and Cousins might eventually team up — not in Cleveland, though, but with the USA men’s national basketball team.
Cousins have expressed interest in playing for USA Basketball in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Sacramento Kings center represented the country in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he played a vital role for USA Basketball.
The 26-year-old center averaged 9.1 points on top of 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists for USA, who won the gold medal in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Cousins tallied 15 points during their win over Argentina in the quarterfinals, and capped off the tournament with 13 points and 15 boards during the gold medal match against Serbia.
When asked if he is willing to don the national team jersey again, Cousins said that he wants to do it again. He later warned, though, that it will still depend on how his body feels when the Olympic preparation begins.
“I’m open to coming back for Tokyo 2020,” Cousins said via RealGM. “I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it.”
If Cousins decide to play, he will likely headline the team alongside LeBron James. James skipped the 2016 Rio Olympics due to fatigue after his fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.
James hinted that he will consider playing in the 2020 Rio Olympics if he is healthy by then. The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who cherished his time together with outgoing national team coach Mike Krzyzewski before, said he is eager to play for new USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich.
“It would be pretty amazing to be able to actually play for the greatest NBA coach of all time,” James said via USA Today. “To be able to play for Coach K in the [2008 and 2012] Olympics and [2006 FIBA] World Championships and to be able to go against Coach Pop in the NBA, it would be a treat.”
Are we going to see a James-Cousins tandem in Tokyo four years from now? Will they be teammates in Cleveland by then? Only time will tell.