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Report: DeMarcus Cousins drawing interest in shallow center market

The free agent center could end up somewhere despite not playing last season while on the Lakers.

DeMarcus Cousins of the Los Angeles Lakers works out prior to the start of a basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Leeeeeeeeeeeeet’s Boogie! Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins is drawing interest from teams in a thin center market, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday evening. Cousins had signed a deal with the Lakers for 2019-20 but didn’t play a game. He hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2018-19 with the Golden State Warriors. Cousins had been recovering from a torn Achilles and has struggled to get back on the court.

There are a few bigs on the open market, including Hassan Whiteside, Tristan Thompson and Serge Ibaka. Outside of that, things take a nosedive. So a team may take a chance at bringing in Cousins, who was a four-time All-Star with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. Cousins has had plenty of time to recover from the torn Achilles, though it’s an injury that isn’t easy to come back from when you’re a 6’10” forward.

The Nuggets just lost backup center Mason Plumlee on a three-year deal to the Pistons, per reports. Perhaps Denver is an OK landing spot for Cousins, playing behind All-Star Nikola Jokic and with budding star Jamal Murray.