Arrived at the Clippers in early April via a ten-day contract, DeMarcus Cousins will end the season well in Los Angeles. Obviously, DMC has convinced the franchise of the City of Angels, and it will thus have a good opportunity to play the NBA title.
The Clippers had to make a choice. After extending Cousins through a second ten-day contract on April 16, Los Angeles had two options: let him go or extend him until the end of the season. Because yes, sorry guys, but you can’t keep your players forever on ten day contracts. But this double-edged deadline suits Cousins well today because, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Clippers have finally decided to keep Boogie, who will therefore wear the Los Angeles jersey during the next Playoffs, where the City of Angels franchise will be keen to go far after last year’s choke. Passed in particular by the Warriors and the Lakers in recent years, Cousins has never really been able to take advantage of the always very special atmosphere of the postseason. We remember that with Golden State, he was injured at the start of the 2019 Playoffs against … the Clippers, and then returned to the NBA Finals but always with limited playing time. At the Lakers, he was cut in February 2020 without playing any game with the future champions, the fault of a rupture of a cruciate ligament in the summer of 2019. If DMC has its name on the champion’s ring, we do not can not say that he participated in the delirium. It is therefore once again on the side of Los Angeles that he will try to play a role in an ambitious team, currently third in the Western Conference with a record of 43 wins for 19 losses.
The Los Angeles Clippers will sign DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the season, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 26, 2021
So obviously, do not expect to see Cousins become an essential link in the Clippers during the Playoffs, eh. We remind you that Serge Ibaka is in the infirmary and that he has not played since mid-March because of a back injury. However, Serge is progressing in his rehabilitation and when he will be operational again, he should find an important role in the Californian racket, he who turns this season at 11 points, almost 7 rebounds and 1.2 against average in 23.6 minutes. and 39 starts in as many games. In his absence, Ivica Zubac holds position 5 while Boogie tries to bring the best possible production as soon as he receives minutes off the bench. Since arriving in the City of Angels, DeMarcus has participated in eight meetings in total, for rather interesting stats of 6.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 11.5 minutes, to 48.8% in the shooting of which 50% at 3-points. He remains in particular on a performance of 11 points – 8 rebounds in just 15 minutes against his former team of Houston (after another performance at 11 points – 6 rebounds against Portland a few days earlier), a performance that no doubt persuaded the Clippers, finally convinced of the idea of keeping DMC. At 30, the latter shows that he can still produce when given opportunities, it is now up to him to continue his momentum.
We’re happy for DeMarcus. With all the struggles he has had in recent years, he deserves to evolve in a franchise that aims for the top, even if it is in a limited role, if not very limited. Let’s go DMC!
Source texte : Yahoo Sports