DeMarcus Cousins Headed to Taiwan?

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Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins may be joining Dwight Howard in Taiwan pro league, as relayed by Duncan DeAeth of the Taiwan News.DeMarcus Cousins

Cousins, 32, is 6-foot-10 and finished last season with the Nuggets after signing with the Bucks. In all, he appeared in 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 31 games in 2021-22.

He became an unrestricted free agent after the season and has been unsigned ever since. But Cousins said he thinks he could still contribute to an NBA team.

“I think the misperception of me is that I’m this angry monster that just goes around bullying people, beating people up, uncoachable, and a cancer in the locker room,” Cousins recently said, via Chris Haynes. “I think it’s all false. I played for coach (John) Calipari, a legendary coach. I was more than coachable. Steve Kerr would attest to that and Coach (Michael) Malone.

“Obviously, you can always go back to my time in Sacramento. I was a young kid. I was still figuring this business out. I was ignorant to a lot of things. I handled a lot of things the incorrect way, but I’ve also learned from those mistakes. … To hold my time in Sac over my head, I think that’s unfair. I believe we all should have a chance to grow and change and actually have that change be embraced. I just want a fair shot.”

Howard signed in Taiwan earlier this month and has been a dominant force. The Taiwan league has also been linked to the likes for free agent forward Carmelo Anthony and point guard Isaiah Thomas in recent weeks.

Cousins has also spent time with the Clippers, Rockets, Warriors, Pelicans and Kings, where he flourished as a six-time All-Star from 2014-18.

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