By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
DeMarcus Cousins chose the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, and the Boston Celtics were apparently the runner-up. But a pair of new reports suggest that Danny Ainge and the C’s never even made an offer for the former Pelicans and Kings big man. Not in time, anyway.
Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe first reported on Tuesday that the Celtics never made an offer to Cousins as a free agent, and that they started to “look into it” when they heard Cousins might have interest – but he had already decided to sign with the Warriors by that time.
Later on Tuesday, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports! tweeted that he “wouldn’t overstate” Cousins’ interest in the Celtics. The ex-free agent reportedly “alerted” the Celtics to “potential interest”, but had already signed with Golden State before the C’s made an offer.
It’s unclear whether Ainge was playing catch-up in an attempt to sign Cousins, or that the Celtics president of basketball ops wasn’t all that interested in making an offer in the first place. It’s also unclear how interested Cousins really was in going to Boston. It’d be hard to believe that Ainge would pass on a player who averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds last season, especially since he signed for the mid-level exception at $5.3 million for one year.
This may not be the last report you hear about the Celtics’ pursuit of Cousins, and Cousins’ potential pursuit of them. Stay tuned.
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