Heat again chasing the big man
It is no surprise that the Miami Heat has had their share of interest in DeMarcus Cousins for a while. Last summer the Heats, Pat Riely, tried to pursue the big man. The organization was still engrossed in him when the Los Angeles Lakers released him in February.
Now with the NBA season restarting the following month, and Miami being once of the top teams in the East. The Sun-Sentinel Heat insider Ira Winderman stated that it is possible that the Heat could bring Cousins on for a playoff race. Nevertheless, he also discussed the problem that is currently hindering the move.
“Ultimately, the salary portion of the equation could come down to how far below the hard-cap barrier the Heat can drop, in the wake of the Jimmy Butler trade. As for the basketball element, it comes down to whether DeMarcus would be amenable to playing off the bench, with the Heat likely leaning toward a Bam Adebayo-Kelly Olynyk opening pairing. The advantage with a player like Cousins is the outside shot, something that Olynyk and Meyers Leonard can offer, which meshes with Adebayo’s offensive repertoire.“
Thin Market for Cousins
Many analysts have jumped on this possibility. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated on “Get Up!” “His market has been really thin,”. Cousins, due to injury, has not played this season due to a torn ACL he underwent in the offseason. Last season, with the Golden State Warriors, he averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Haslem can help the lockerroom in Disney
It still appears incredibly improbable that the Heat organization would release Haslem. Haslem in the middle of all that is going on in society, to get an injury-prone player. Haslem may not play many minutes, but he can help the young guys like Tyler Herro during the playoffs.
To acquire Cousins, Miami has two options, Hill and Silva, as the likely candidates to lose their place. Earlier this year, Silva signed a three-year deal with the club, enhancing the initial two-way contract he had. Hill was obtained back in February in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and maybe the odd man out.