Playing for Team USA has given DeMarcus Cousins a generous amount of life and basketball lessons. It also presented him with the opportunity to play with his childhood hero Carmelo Anthony.
During a recent practice session with Team USA, Cousins had nothing but praises for the New York Knicks superstar. The flattery has fueled rumors that Cousins might want to play with Anthony beyond the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“It’s well-known that I have been a Melo fan my whole life so just to be able work with him on a daily, I believe it is going to help me become a better player,” Cousins told Sacramento Bee. “I‘m excited for it.”
The 6-foot-11 center is arguably the best big man in the NBA today. However, his young career has been marred with off-court issues and controversy. He has been involved in countless feuds with his coaches as well as the Kings front office.
Cousins has two more years on his contract. NBA observers believe he will not extend his deal with the Kings. He will likely sign elsewhere in the summer of 2018.
His recent comments about the team’s draft picks indicate that he is fed up with the organization. The Kings would be smart to trade him now than risk losing a rare NBA talent for nothing in 2018.
If the Knicks are serious about trading for Cousins, they would have to let go of newly-signed center Joakim Noah. Not only that, they would have to wait until later this fall to offer the trade package. Free agents who signed with new teams can’t be traded until December.
This past season, Cousins stepped into the court a total of 65 times. He scored 26.9 points, grabbed 11.5 rebounds, and ditched out 3.3 assists in 34.6 minutes of playing time, as per ESPN.
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