San Antonio Spurs rumors: DeMar DeRozan recruiting DeMarcus Cousins
By Andrew Ites
The San Antonio Spurs may not be done with their offseason acquisitions yet as DeMar DeRozan has reportedly been in contact with DeMarcus Cousins.
With how fast free agency moved this year, it looked like the San Antonio Spurs‘ offseason may be over on June 30th after they signed veteran wingman DeMarre Carroll and brought back Rudy Gay on a two-year deal.
However, there are two big names left on the market in Kawhi Leonard and DeMarcus Cousins, and the Spurs may be in the running for the latter.
According to Shams Charania, DeMar DeRozan has reached out to Cousins about joining the Spurs while Boogie weighs his options in free agency.
Our own Dylan Carter created a bit of a firestorm among Spurs fans on social media when he suggested Cousins would be a good fit in San Antonio, and it sounds like DeRozan is thinking the same way.
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DeMar and DeMarcus were teammates on the 2016 United States Olympic Team that won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, and we’ve seen the national team experience build relationships between star players before when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to join forces in Miami.
It looks like the whole NBA is waiting for Kawhi Leonard’s decision as there hasn’t been any major signings after the first wave of free agency on the night of June 30th.
Cousins is likely included in that group because he would be a logical backup plan for the Lakers if Kawhi signs elsewhere.
Signing Boogie would certainly raise the Spurs’ ceiling next year, and he won’t cost much money as it seems the market is pretty dry for him right now.
Even if he is not close to the same All-NBA-caliber player after injuries to his quad and Achilles, giving him a one-year deal would be a worthwhile risk for a Spurs team that needs more frontcourt depth.
It’s also good to see DeRozan is able and willing to recruit other stars to come to San Antonio because that’s the way great teams are built in this era of player empowerment.
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It still seems like a bit of a longshot that Cousins would decide to join the Spurs, but DeMar’s relationship with Boogie keeps San Antonio in the mix for the services of a former All-Star.