Nuggets likely to sign DeMarcus Cousins to another 10-day contract, source says

The Nuggets are likely to sign veteran center DeMarcus Cousins to another 10-day contract, a league source told The Denver Post. A timeline is fluid, however, with Thursday’s NBA trade deadline approaching.

Cousins’ latest 10-day contract expired after Sunday’s win over Brooklyn. The Nuggets have an open roster spot, but are trying to determine the best path in regards to Cousins and potentially adding a player via trade, the source said.

Following Sunday’s win over the Nets, Cousins admitted his right foot sprain hindered his play throughout the duration of the 10-day contract. Since joining the Nuggets he’s averaged six points on 25% shooting and seven rebounds in 13 minutes per game.

“I would love to be here,” Cousins said Sunday. “I think it’s a great fit. I think both sides benefit from it.”

What matters, though, after Cousins earned endorsements from both Michael Malone and Nikola Jokic on Sunday afternoon, is that the Nuggets want to keep him around. Malone loves the toughness and rebounding he brings, while Jokic admitted “he proved me wrong,” believing Cousins can be an asset to the team.

“I think I’m a good veteran presence, I think the guys in the locker room respected my voice, I think I bring a certain type of leadership to this group,” Cousins said. “… Of course I’m biased as to what I feel I can bring to a team. Ultimately the decision goes to the front office.”

Cousins logged 16 minutes on Sunday, with five points and nine rebounds. Veteran forward JaMychal Green, a potential trade candidate, did not play.

When asked about the potential of a trade, Malone said it was the responsibility of he and president of basketball operations Tim Connelly to explore any avenues that might potentially improve the team. And if no trade materializes ahead of Thursday, he said loves the group that they’ve got.

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