• DeMarcus Cousins gets a short-term chance to play NBA ball once more
  • Critics note how a 10-day deal was a big drop for someone of Cousins' caliber
  • The Clippers are hoping to get some needed help from Cousins

The Los Angeles Clippers are making their move, and the player they are targeting comes as no surprise.

One of the curious names available in the market right now is DeMarcus Cousins, someone who has been waiting for a call back to action since February.

After months of waiting, the temperamental big man has reportedly found a new home. The four-time All-Star who has been hounded by injuries is poised to head back to Los Angeles.

The Clippers are planning to give Cousins a 10-day deal, something that would reunite him with a couple of old teammates from Kentucky such as Rajon Rondo and Patrick Patterson, per a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Clippers need a man in the middle and Cousins should be a perfect addition to the team. Furthermore, Tyronn Lue has had sleepless nights as several of his key players are struggling to be in tip-top shape.

Cousins’ addition, regardless if it is just a 10-day tenure, should somehow ease the manpower struggles the Clips have to deal with right now.

Cousins is a far cry from his dominant self this season. Before he was cut by the Houston Rockets, the 6-foot-10 center normed a woeful 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 20.2 minutes of action. These are a far cry from his career averages of 20.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.2 rebounds.

A reason for the decline in the performance of Cousins is the injuries he has had in the past seasons. His last was a torn ACL just as he was about to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, which deprived him of a chance to be part of the franchise’s championship squad that won the 2020 NBA crown.

When word of Cousins’ impending arrival to the Clippers got out, some saw it as a big fall considering “Boogie” used to earn roughly $200 million. Others showed excitement, especially with Serge Ibaka dealing with an injury.

Los Angeles Lakers DeMarcus Cousins #15 works out shooting prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers DeMarcus Cousins #15 works out shooting prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Getty Images | Thearon W. Henderson

But most of all, it will be a Kentucky Wildcats. Cousins would be reunited with Rondo, someone he played with in the past with the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans.

It will also reunite Cousins with Patterson, someone who spurred a potential reunion when he put a photo of them on social media.

The 10-day lease that Cousins got will have to do for now. If everything falls into place, he could be on the Clips’ roster until the end of the current NBA season.