With the 2019 free agency period set to begin on June 30, the New York Knicks will open the gates with meetings with two of the most prolific players in the NBA: Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. If all goes well, the organization will have a superstar to pair with their young core. Should they strike out, it appears that the franchise will consider offering a sizable one-year contract to DeMarcus Cousins.
While Cousins has certainly had his fair share of success in the league, being named an NBA All-Star four times and a two-time All-NBA Second Team honoree, Boogie has not been the same player he was since he ruptured his Achilles back in 2018.
The question is: Can he recover?
He only averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game in just over 25.7 minutes of action for the Golden State Warriors last season, but still maintains that he will reach peak form once again. It is worth noting that those numbers are coming off a devastating injury and playing with three of the best scorers in the league who demand their own touches in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant.
The Knicks already have a center who is oozing with potential in Mitchell Robinson, so signing Cousins would seem like a short-term solution to a long-term problem.