DeMarcus Cousins isn’t going to be making any quick decisions about his upcoming free agency, but he has already spoken the idea of a return into existence.
According to Anthony Slater, Cousins said he is “open to” resigning with the Golden State Warriors for the 2019-20 season.
Could DeMarcus Cousins return to the Warriors next season? “I’m open (to it)” pic.twitter.com/CIyn0VK1HZ
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 14, 2019
“It was a weird summer last summer. So you never know how things work out,” Cousins said following the Warriors NBA Finals 4-2 loss to the Toronto Raptors. “I’m open and I’ll make the best decision for myself and my family. We’ll see which way the wind blows.”
Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal, or the mid-level exception, with the Warriors last summer after tearing his Achilles in early 2018. He made his Warriors debut on Jan. 18 this past year and averaged 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 38 total games (including playoffs).
Cousins is also coming off a torn quad, which he suffered in Game 2 of the first round in the Western Conference playoffs. He would miss the next 14 games before returning in the NBA Finals.
The former Kentucky big man is looking to go into the offseason healthy. He nearly landed a max contract before the injury and very well could garner a significant long-term deal with another team this summer. It would be difficult for the Warriors to keep Cousins – especially if they intend to keep one of Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, or both – but as Cousins noted, they did manage to get him last year. So maybe we see Boogie in The Bay once again?
A healthy DeMarcus Cousins alongside Steph Curry and Draymond Green? I’ll be glued.