Report: Knicks to consider Cousins if they don't land Durant
NBA.com Global on Jun 27, 2019 12:25 PM
FILE - DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 2: DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors dunks over Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
The Knicks' grandiose free agent plans have a backup plan, per Marc Stein of The New York Times. The long-time reporter tweeted that if New York misses out on signing injured superstar Kevin Durant, the franchise could very well shift its attention to one of Durant's teammates: DeMarcus Cousins.
The Knicks are weighing the prospect of extending a considerable one-year offer to Warriors free-agent big man DeMarcus Cousins if they miss out on top target Kevin Durant, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 27, 2019
The Knicks have long been planning to pursue the likes of Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard in free agency but are widely expected to turn to short-term offers if they miss out on their primary targets— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 27, 2019
Cousins is coming off his first year with Golden State in which he played just 30 regular season games and eight postseason appearances. His sporadic availability was due to the fact that he intially arrived while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. The former All-Star center then suffered a torn quad muscle during the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Cousins returned from each injury and provided sparks of his former self, including a double-double performance in Game 2 of the Finals against Toronto.
It appears New York is eager to bring in some big-name free agent talent to join No. 3 overall pick RJ Barrett. The Knicks have not made the playoffs since 2012-13.