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Clippers close to signing DeMarcus Cousins

Clippers close to signing DeMarcus Cousins

JOURNEYMAN. DeMarcus Cousins has played for 4 different NBA teams.

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Like the Nets, who acquired LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Lakers, who signed Andre Drummond, the Clippers are set to add a prominent big man in DeMarcus Cousins

Veteran center DeMarcus Cousins is close to signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, multiple outlets reported.

The Athletic reported Wednesday that the 30-year-old free agent was in Los Angeles on Wednesday and starting coronavirus testing protocols.

ESPN said the two sides are discussing a 10-day contract, but no decision is expected until next week.

The Houston Rockets released Cousins last month after he averaged a career-low 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 games (11 starts) this season.

Once an elite big man, Cousins averaged better than 20 points per game in 5 straight seasons while playing for the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. He was an All-Star in 4 of those campaigns.

But he suffered a torn Achilles in January 2018 during his one full season with the Pelicans and has yet to regain his form. He also sustained a torn quadriceps in the 2019 playoffs while playing for the Golden State Warriors.

After signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in July 2019, Cousins tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the entire 2019-20 season.

Cousins has career averages of 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds since Sacramento drafted him 5th overall in 2010. –