The dream of Wizards fans for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to come to Washington may not be dead after all. Despite being traded during All-Star weekend from the Kings to the Pelicans, Cousins at some point indicated to his former college teammate John Wall that he would be interested in a reunion and for that reunion to happen in Washington.
Here's what Wall told The Undefeated's Marc Spears:
Did you ever talk to your former Kentucky teammate and fellow NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins about playing for the Wizards before the Sacramento Kings dealt him to the New Orleans Pelicans?
"I talked to him. He said he would come to D.C., but he didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know he was going to be traded like that. We thought it was going to be later on or he was just going to stay [in Sacramento]. It shocked me just like it shocked him."
Cousins, 26, is under contract through next season, the 2017-18 campaign. But after that he is a free agent and could theoretically join the Wizards if he wanted to, and if the Wizards themselves were interested. They would likely have to clear tons of cap space, but the interest appears to be there on his part. Or, at least it was there.
Right now the Wizards are already quite good with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. Imagine if they added Cousins, who averages 21 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in his career. He doesn't overlap with their two key stars in Wall and Bradley Beal, so in theory it could be a fit.
The Wizards have more pressing things to worry about in the short-term, like a potentially long playoff run. But the Cousins/Wizards rumors may be worth revisiting in the future.