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DeMarcus Cousins Has Switched Agents

(Photo via Getty Images)

(Photo via Getty Images)

Over half a week into free agency and free agent DeMarcus Cousins has still yet to be signed to an NBA team.

After it was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that there is “not a market” for the former Kentucky big, Cousins has since switched agents.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Cousins has let go of his longtime manager, Andrew Rogers, and is now a client of Jeff Schwartz. Schwartz works with the sports management group, Excel Sports.

All you need to know about Schwartz is that he is an excellent agent. He recently secured a four-year, $40 million deal for DeAndre Jordan, basically because Jordan is friends with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Schwartz also represents Harrison Barnes, who is the ultimate finesser, and was able to secure him another long term deal, this time for four-years, $85 million. On top of those two, Schwartz also represents Kevin Love, CJ McCollum, and Blake Griffin, all of whom have recently signed lucrative, long-term deals.

Basically, he gets players paid. Even if they don’t necessarily deserve it. Now it’s time to see what he can do for Cousins.

But with money drying up quick, teams haven’t been scouting Cousins hard – if at all. As Woj said, he doesn’t have a market right now and Willie Cauley-Stein used up the money that the Golden State Warriors could have offered him. Cousins could be looking at signing another mid-level exception with a team such as the Los Angeles Lakers, especially if they strike out on Kawhi Leonard.

It’s almost hard to believe that a player of Cousins caliber is going so unnoticed. Obviously, the injury history is worrying, but he was still named to six straight All-Star teams before the Achilles tear. He’s not even 29 years old yet. He’s not a finished product. He might not ever return to the Cousins we saw in 2017, but there is a starting center in there once he’s fully healthy.

And this gamble won’t take months to even see if it will pay off. Cousins didn’t return last season until mid-January, but he was expected to miss time. This year, he won’t be. Whoever signs Cousins is going to want to have him on the opening night roster. That’s a massive difference from last season – AND HE STILL GOT SIGNED. Someone is going to take Cousins on for cheap and reap the benefits.

CORRECTION: Cousins’ most recent agent was Jarinn Akana of Dynasty Sports, not Andrew Rogers.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

5 Comments for DeMarcus Cousins Has Switched Agents

  1. season-3-disc-2
    10:27 pm July 5, 2019 Permalink

    Sweet old news, can’t wait to hear today’s news on Tuesday.

  2. UKCatAttack
    11:51 pm July 5, 2019 Permalink

    Like it or not he has a bad reputation. We look at Cousins differently because he is one of our own. If he had played for Louisville or Duke it’d be a whole lot easier for us to understand why he hasn’t been signed. Prior to his injury it might’ve been worth it to sign him to a long term deal, but not so much now. I hope he signs with a good team and gets fully healthy, but I also hope he matures and understands what it means to be a professional. He’s 29 years old now… a grown man. It’s time to act that way.

    • UKinMKY
      12:39 am July 6, 2019 Permalink

      I think he’s a totally different player and person since his injuries, humbled after seeing how quick success can be taken away. And frankly, given the deals some of these guys are getting, you can’t honestly say that the potential for Demarcus to return to even 80% of what he was isn’t worth a look.

  3. nocode96
    12:32 am July 6, 2019 Permalink

    I always see people calling Cousins a punk, or worse, a thug. People say he’s got a terrible attitude and needs to grow up. I’m genuinely curious as to some examples of this. Is it because he gets T’s (at a much lower rate than others too)? Is it because of his time in Sacramento where he rightfully got fed up with idiot ownership and expressed his unhappiness about leaving everything on the court while ownership wouldn’t help? Is it the philanthropy work he does with less fortunate children? Or is it because of some other thing that I don’t know about? I honestly don’t know where the hate comes from.