The Milwaukee Bucks have signed NBA veteran center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year non-guaranteed contract. Cousins is a four-time NBA All-Star that has struggled to find a place in the NBA after suffering several severe injuries. The defending NBA Champion Bucks look to add some depth on a low-risk contract with a center that was once one of the best at his position in the NBA. He played 41 total games last year with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.
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It is hard to determine if this will be DeMarcus Cousins’ last chance to prove he can still play in the NBA. While he did play some productive minutes for the Clippers last year they did not choose to bring him back heading into this season. The Bucks are looking to win another Championship and doing that will be harder this year. Many believe the Easter Conference got considerably better this past offseason. He is in a tough spot because bad teams don’t want his production, he doesn’t move the needle for borderline playoff teams, and his impact for a contender is unclear.
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Cousins will likely play a small roleplayer role and provide depth to a team that has had some injury and COVID issues this year. While it isn’t impossible he sees a larger role, it is unlikely. Cousins at the very least provide more veteran experience on a roster that wants to repeat as NBA Champions this season. Experience and depth are important for teams that want to accomplish those goals.