‣ Former four-time All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins, has signed a short-term 10-day contract with the Taiwan Beer Leopards, after struggling to find interest from an NBA team.
‣ Cousins is expected to join the team in mid-January and the Leopards’ team CEO, Johnny Chang, expressed confidence that Cousins’ skills will bring a new chemistry to the team.
‣ Cousins is not the first former NBA star to join the Leopards, following in the footsteps of Dwight Howard, who dominated in the Taiwan basketball league and broke many records.
DeMarcus Cousins and the Taiwan Beer Leopards have agreed to a 10-day, four-game, contract, per @wojespn
Boogie is expected to join the team mid-January
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DeMarcus Cousins, a four-time All-Star, has had a bit of a rough patch. In recent years, he’s been struggling to find an NBA team that wants him. He even tried his hand at playing in Puerto Rico last season, hoping to catch the eye of a U.S. franchise. But it seems the only ones tracking his basketball journey are from the Taiwan basketball league.
Surprise, surprise! The seasoned center just inked a deal with the Taiwan Beer Leopards. He even shared his excitement with Asian fans this Monday, saying he can’t wait to “put on a show” for them.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski spilled the beans that it’s actually a short-term 10-day contract. Cousins is expected to join the Leopards in mid-January. Johnny Chang, the team’s CEO, expressed confidence in Cousins’ skills, stating that he’ll bring a “totally new chemistry” to the team.
Cousins, now 33, last played in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets in the 2021/22 season. Before that, he was an All-Star four seasons in a row, playing for the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. But then, a series of knee injuries took a toll on his career.
The six-foot-ten player has averaged 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks over 654 games in his 11-year NBA career. He’s played for seven franchises in total.
Now, Cousins is all pumped up for this new opportunity. In an interview, he shared, “I’ll be taking my talents to Taiwan. I’ll be playing with the Taiwan Beer Leopards.” He even joked about not knowing what a beer leopard is but promised to find out and let everyone know.
Cousins is not the first former NBA star to join the Leopards. Dwight Howard, an eight-time All-Star, also played in the Asian league, dominating it for a year and breaking many records.
After his stint, Howard had nothing but praise for his time in Taiwan. In a video earlier this year, he shared his newfound appreciation for the country and the love he felt there.
As for Cousins, the Leopards expect him to arrive in mid-January and boost Taiwanese basketball’s profile. The team’s CEO confirmed that they’ve negotiated with other stars of similar caliber and are open to more potential roster enhancements.
Cousins has faced criticism for his aggressive temperament. But Chang sees it differently, stating that Cousins’ intensity is a sign of respect for professional basketball. He believes it will bring a passionate atmosphere to the games.
Chang also expressed surprise at Cousins’ professionalism during the negotiation process. He shared this on Monday as the news broke out.