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DeMarcus Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with Golden State last summer coming off a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered Jan. 26, 2018 while with the New Orleans Pelicans, is excited to focus on his condition and his game this summer as opposed to rehabilitating a serious injury.
“I’m getting my game right. Getting my game back. Being myself. Getting in better shape. Getting my legs underneath me,” the 29-year-old Cousins told Marc Spears of ESPN. “It’s going to be good offseason for me. I’m excited about that. I look forward to go to training camp and all of that.”
At the time Cousins suffered the Achilles injury, he was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists, his name was being tossed around in MVP conversation, played in his fourth All-Star Game and was headed to a massive contract in the summer of 2018.
However, the injury suffered in a game at Houston changed all that and Cousins took a one-year deal with Golden State for $5.3 million.
Getting back on the floor in January, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocked shots in 30 regular-season games with the Warriors.
Cousins suffered a partially torn right quadriceps in the first round of the playoffs, forcing him to miss the next 14 postseason games before returning for the NBA Finals, though he was not close to being 100-percent healthy.
“We’re fighters, bro,” Cousins told Spears. “We had a team full of fighters. We had a lot of ups and downs through this postseason. Everything happens for a reason.”
According to Spears, seven NBA teams have expressed interest in Cousins, the New York Knicks said to be seriously interested, with the Los Angeles Clippers also being mentioned.
A return to Golden State has not been ruled out by Cousins.
“I don’t know. I’m open-minded. We will see what happens,” he told Spears.
The Warriors could utilize Cousins’ non-word right and offer him a one-year pact for $6.4 million.
“I think there’s a chance,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Spears. “I would say the hope is frankly that he can do a lot better financially than what we could offer him. But who knows? Every year is different. There are a lot more teams with cap room this summer than last summer. This summer’s going to be a wild free-agent market, and we have to figure out our own situation, particularly with Klay and Kevin and how all that shakes out.
“But I could absolutely foresee a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back. It’s just a question of what are his goals? What’s out there for him?”
Meanwhile, Cousins is keeping all options open, including his mind.
“We will see where the wind blows,” he said.