NBA Rumors: 3 Potential DeMarcus Cousins Landing Spots

Before he ruptured his left Achilles tendon in January of 2018, DeMarcus Cousins was one of the most dominant big men in the game.

Alas, this is not the same DeMarcus Cousins anymore. After the Achilles injury, he also suffered a torn quad, and then tore his ACL, missing the entire 2019-20 season. His explosiveness is gone, and he's not able to play major minutes anymore. 

But Boogie can still be a good contributor off the bench. His time with the Denver Nuggets last season could only be deemed a success, as he averaged 9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 14 minutes a game.  

Here are three teams that could look to give Cousins a shot for the 2022-23 season.

Charlotte Hornets

The Miles Bridges off-court (and in court) situation is serious business. It's much more important than basketball. But the Charlotte Hornets must carry on without him for what could be... well, forever. 

Although Cousins couldn't possibly provide the minutes, athleticism and dominance that Bridges brought the team, he could provide at least a "lite" version in limited minutes. Some power down low, and the ability to rebound and score a little. Again, not close to making up all of what Bridges provided, but a step in that direction.

Los Angeles Clippers

One thing is for certain, DeMarcus Cousins is a big fan of the Clippers. Here's what he said this summer about the team, and John Wall's fit there.

“The team is incredible!" exclaimed Boogie. "He [Wall] got a great coach in Ty Lue, he going to a first-class organization, Ballmer is an incredible owner... Playing with Kawhi and PG — they got a wop, bro.” 

There's definitely a lot of talent on this Clippers team, but the backup center position is a bit of a question mark, behind starter Ivica Zubac. The return of Boogie (he played there in 2021) could be an interesting development. 

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are another team looking to replace an important player on the roster. Danilo Gallinari went down with a season-ending knee injury overseas this summer, and Cousins could replace some of those minutes, but in a different way.

He might not be able to fill it up from three like Gallo, but he can still score down low and in the mid-range. 

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