DeMarcus Cousins Wants Return Engagement With Former Team

DeMarcus Cousins played a fairly solid 48 games last year in the NBA, in a 15-minute-per-game reserve role for both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets. And yet the 4-time All-Star is still unemployed three weeks into the season. He recently pleaded with the NBA for another shot, and now has offered his services specifically to the team with which it all began for him, the Sacramento Kings. 

In responding to a lifelong Kings fan's post on Twitter, Cousins replied with "Would love to help Sac get back to the playoffs."

Boogie played the first 6 ½ years of his 11-year NBA career in Sac-Town, and earned three of his four All-Star berths there. He averaged 21.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in those years with the Kings. Debilitating leg injuries have robbed him of much of his explosiveness, but he's still a big man who can take up space down low, play some interior defense, and score the ball a bit when needed. 

A number of altercations with referees, coaches and others throughout the years may be the thing that's still holding him back, though as he said recently, he's not "this angry monster that just goes around bullying people... I’m a great teammate and great for the locker room. I have a lot of experience in this league. I have a lot of knowledge to give to these younger guys."

Would Sacramento welcome him back in a bench role? He just might make an ideal backup for Domantas Sabonis. 

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