DeMarcus Cousins reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams in China

Unrestricted free agent DeMarcus Cousins is arguably the biggest name still remaining on the open market.

© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Will DeMarcus Cousins boogie overseas?

Last year he played for the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year contract in hopes of reviving his career. Although he doesn’t appear to have done that, he did create at least one memorable memory.

Over the course of the 2020-21 NBA season, Cousins averaged 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game. He also stepped up admirably for Houston while Christian Wood was out, showing he at the very least possesses the skills necessary to be a passable reserve in the NBA.

That makes a recent report all the more interesting. Reportedly there are five teams currently interested in Cousins’ services. But there’s a catch.

“According to a media report, a source revealed that five CBA teams have asked for DeMarcus Cousins’ resume, and three of them are very interested in Cousins. One is a CBA team with strong financial resources. But whether the contract can be reached in the end is not yet known,” reported Chinese news media company sohu.com, as translated by HoopsHype.

A few weeks ago, reports surfaced that three NBA teams were inquiring about possibly signing Cousins. Thus far, however, there has been very little movement on that front.

Obviously Cousins is no longer the same player who looked like the league’s best big man in 2016. That year, he put up 28 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Sacramento Kings, displaying the sort of talent that his many, many physical ailments have robbed him of in recent seasons. And yes his beefs with teammates and occasional off-court drama leave something to be desired.

That said, as he proved when Wood was out, Cousins still has what it takes to help NBA teams. Maybe not in the same way as in his prime, but still in a manner that can be beneficial.

Will Cousins ultimately get another shot in the NBA or be relegated to China? An answer should emerge in the coming weeks.

Subscribe to Yardbarker’s Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily. Always free! Sign up now ▸

More must-reads:

  • 10 notable NBA free agents who remain unsigned
  • Kyrie Irving would ‘retire’ if Nets tried to trade him?
  • The ’50 or more points in an NBA game’ quiz

Related slideshow: The 25 best NBA nicknames of all time (Provided by Yardbarker)

The 25 best NBA nicknames of all time

If you are an NBA player, there is a good chance you are a known name. You may very well be a star and even one who surpasses the world of sports fandom. Everybody knows Michael Jordan, right? Some guys are known by only one name. Shaq. Kobe. LeBron. Then there are the famous nicknames and the maybe not-as-famous nicknames that are still fun. Who doesn’t like a good nickname? We certainly do, and so do NBA fans. Here are our 25 favorite NBA nicknames.

Magic

This is a nickname that has superseded his actual name. How many people call him Earvin Johnson? Nobody, right? He’s Magic Johnson. That’s what he’s been known as since he basically became famous. That’s what he’s known as now. Johnson will always be Magic, which is also a great nickname for a crazy point guard.

Dr. J

It’s such a simple nickname, but it’s so iconic. His name is Julius Erving, and he was a “doctor” of basketball, so he became known as Dr. J. And yet it just stuck with everybody. Dr. J just rolls off the tongue, and Erving’s amazing dunks and stellar play certainly helped embed the nickname in our minds.

The Mailman

The U.S Postal Service doesn’t actually have that “Neither rain nor snow…” motto, but we still think of mail carriers as being largely reliable. That’s how Karl Malone got his nickname, “The Mailman.” Malone always delivered — except on Sunday and national holidays, we guess.

Air Jordan

“Air Jordan” isn’t super creative for a guy named Michael Jordan. And yet it was perfect. Jordan was a dunk champion. His “Jumpman” logo is still iconic. Flying through the air is MJ’s thing. It’s a pitch-perfect nickname.

The Big O

Until Russell Westbrook came around, Oscar Robertson was the last player to average a triple-double over a whole NBA season. “The Big” whatever is usually a decent nickname concept, but none of them tops “The Big O” as a nickname. It’s just fun to call somebody “The Big O.”

Wilt the Stilt

Rhyming is a good choice for nicknames. There are a couple of those on this list. Wilt Chamberlain was tall (7-foot-1). So are people who walk on stilts. Hence, Wilt the Stilt. It’s not an intimidating nickname, but it’s fresh enough to be fun.

The Answer

What is Allen Iverson the answer to? We aren’t sure. That wasn’t really what was important. All that mattered was A.I. (not as good of a nickname) was the Answer. It was a formidable nickname and fitting for a guy who changed the NBA.

The Glove

Most guys get nicknames for their physical traits or their offensive acumen. Not Gary Payton. He earned his nickname for his defensive skills. Payton is the only point guard to ever be Defensive Player of the Year. He fit to the guys he was guarding like a glove. Works for us.

The Dream

Call him Akeem. Call him Hakeem. We just known that Hakeem Olajuwon is “The Dream.” It’s a rhyming nickname and a perfect one. He had his Dream Shake. He had those basketball shoes that were way cheaper than Jordan’s. You can even just call him “Dream,” and people will know whom you’re talking about.

The Greek Freak

It kind of feels like Giannis Antetokounmpo got a nickname right out of the gate because of the difficulty in spelling, and pronouncing, his actual name. However, Giannis is Greek, and he’s a physical freak, and those words rhyme. Now he’s an MVP, and The Greek Freak has entered the lexicon.

The Round Mound of Rebound

Some people call Charles Barkley “Sir Charles,” which is kind of blah. However, Barkley was a hefty, formidable rebounder who wasn’t maybe as much of a physical specimen as some of his fellow big men. “The Round Mound of Rebound” just works perfectly, and it’s maybe the most amusing NBA nickname ever.

Vinsanity

Vince Carter had a ton of nicknames: “Air Canada.” “Half Man, Half Amazing.” The best of the bunch, though, is “Vinsanity.” His dunking skills were insane, or rather “Vinesane.” It just rolls off the tongue, and until “Linsanity” it was the one “insanity” nickname out there.

Clyde the Glide

Man, when Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were on the same team, it was a dynamic nickname duo. Maybe “Clyde the Glide” doesn’t make a ton of sense, but we don’t care. Everybody calls him “Clyde the Glide” so you know that works as a nickname.

The Process

Joel Embiid likes to have fun. When Sam Hinkie tore down the 76ers to rebuild them, it became known by fans as “The Process.” “Trust The Process” became the rallying cry. Naturally, Embiid, one of the players drafted during that time, decided to give himself the nickname “The Process.” We don’t usually like self-given nicknames, but this one is fun enough to get a pass.

The Dunkin’ Dutchman

Rik Smits was a giant guy from the Netherlands who was an underrated player. He was even an All-Star once. When you are over 7-foot tall it’s pretty easy to dunk. It’s also super fun to call a guy “The Dunkin’ Dutchman.”

Reign Man

Shawn Kemp was one of those players who wasn’t overrated necessarily, but he is oversized in our memory because of his big, splashy highlights. It rains a lot in Seattle, and if you get buckets you could be said to be making it rain. Plus, “Rain Man” is a movie that existed. So the nickname was tweaked a bit to “Reign Man” to call to mind royalty, and a nickname was born.

Splash Mountain

This is the newest one on the list, and we owe it all to Brook Lopez beginning to shoot threes. The 7-foot center, who had spent his entire career by the basket, was suddenly splashing treys. However, he’s still a mountain of a man, so we get this awesome nickname.

Pistol Pete

There was a time when Pete Maravich was wearing a jersey that just said “Pistol” on it. He’s not the only Pistol Pete. That’s also the nickname of Oklahoma State’s mascot. However, it’s alliterative and cool, so we still did it for Maravich.

Big Shot Bob

Robert Horry won seven NBA titles even though he was never THAT good of a player. He averaged 7.0 points per game in his career; however, Horry made several iconic big shots. Before he even retired he was being called “Big Shot Bob,” which is, frankly, a great nickname.

Chief

Robert Parish played for 21 seasons, and for an NBA-record 1,611 regular-season games. He had a long time to earn a nickname. However, Parish wasn’t the most dynamic of personalities. That’s actually how he got his nickname. He was called “Chief” after the big, quiet character from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The Worm

Dennis Rodman’s nickname “The Worm” is an indelible one. It’s evocative and unusual. How did he get it though? Well, there are conflicting stories. We can’t say for sure how it started. It doesn’t matter. Rodman was an outsized personality, and he earned an outsized nickname.

Big Dog

A few players in NBA history have been called “Big Dog.” We get it, since it’s a really good nickname. However, to us, the quintessential “Big Dog” is Glenn Robinson. His son, Glenn Robinson III, is now in the NBA. Maybe we could call him “Little Dog?” Or maybe “The Puppy?” Or would that maybe not go over well?

The Jet

Kenny Smith is on TNT’s NBA programming with two other nicknamed gentleman in Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Smith has a nickname of his own though. You could say he’s called Kenny “The Jet” Smith because of his speed. In truth, we know it’s because of the Elton John song “Benny and the Jets” as much as anything else.

Sauce Castillo

This is maybe the best nickname story of the bunch. Nik Stauskas was never a remarkable NBA player. However, one day the closed captioning on a game turned “Nik Stauskas” into “Sauce Castillo.” In the modern era that was able to go viral, and a guy who never made much of an impact on the court got a great nickname anyway.

Big Ben

Sure, technically Big Ben is just the bell — not the clock or the giant tower. Let’s not get pedantic. We think of Big Ben as being tall and foreboding. That makes it a perfect nickname for Ben Wallace, who was arguably the best defensive player in the NBA during his time with the Pistons. When he got a rebound, they would also play a bell chiming in Detroit. Not bad for an undersized, undrafted player.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Non-binary Oklahoma state rep condemns governor's comments on gender: 'You don't see me'

An Oklahoma state representative this week blasted Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) over comments he made denying the existence of non-binary people, saying that it is difficult to work with the ... Read more »

Serie A: Dzeko: Deshalb platzte der Juve-Wechsel

Stürmer Edin Dzeko von Inter Mailand hat in der Gazzetta dello Sport über seinen geplatzten Wechsel von der AS Roma zu Juventus im Jahr 2020 gesprochen. Der ehemalige Torschützenkönig der ... Read more »

Evra: "Ho subito abusi sessuali quando avevo 13 anni"

LONDRA – “Sì, ho subito abusi sessuali da bambino, quando avevo 13 anni. Sinora avevo deciso di non dire nulla”. Ora però Patrice Evra rivela tutto nella sua autobiografia, “I ... Read more »

🎥 Le but qui a offert le partage au RWDM à Mouscron

Longtemps menés, les Bruxellois ont arraché un précieux partage sur la pelouse du Canonnier. © Fournis par Walfoot.be C’était un match à six points que se disputaient le RWDM et ... Read more »

Pregnant women pass fewer coronavirus antibodies to unborn boys than girls - a clue as to why men are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19

© Associated Press A pregnant woman wears a mask during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles Krupa/AP Photo Pregnant women carrying baby boys have fewer coronavirus antibodies than those ... Read more »

Chelsea vs Norwich City: How to watch, live stream link, start time, TV channel, odds, prediction

© Provided by NBC Sports Premier League leaders Chelsea hope their run of attacking injuries don’t short-circuit a straightforward run of fixtures that continues with a visit from Norwich City ... Read more »

'Necessary evil': Golden Gate Park residents on why they love, hate Outside Lands

Every year, thousands of people, hundreds of Ubers and more crop tops than you can count descend on Golden Gate Park for San Francisco’s largest and much-loved music festival. © ... Read more »

The Naomi Shelton We Knew

On an unseasonably warm evening in October, Richard Julian, the owner of LunÀtico, a restaurant and music venue in Bed-Stuy, rang a bell attached to the wall and called for ... Read more »

Nicola Bartolini, storica medaglia d'oro mondiale al corpo libero

© Fornito da Sportal.it Nicola Bartolini d’oro Nicola Bartolini vince la medaglia d’oro al corpo libero ai mondiali di Kitakyushu in Giappone. Il ginnasta sardo, bronzo continentale ai recenti Europei ... Read more »

ÖSV-Shootingstar Svancer bereit für mehr

© Svancer in Chur. / Bild: Fis SmugMug Svancer in Chur. / Bild: Fis SmugMug Der Ski-Weltcupreigen im Olympia-Winter hat am Freitag für Österreichs Sportler einen frühen Paukenschlag gebracht. In ... Read more »

Ester Ledecká do druhé části Světového poháru nepostoupila!

© Profimedia **www.profimedia.cz** Ester Ledecká Lyžařka Ester Ledecká v prvním kole obřího slalomu v Söldenu obsadila 47. místo. Česká reprezentantka tak do druhé části úvodního závodu sezony Světového poháru nepostoupila. ... Read more »

Moto3 Misano 2: Antonelli dominiert beide Quali-Sessions und fährt auf Pole

© Motorsport Images Niccolo Antonelli ließ der Konkurrenz im Qualifying keine Chance Niccolo Anontelli feiert seine erste Poleposition dieser Saison: Der KTM-Pilot toppte beim Moto3-Qualifying in Misano erst Q1 und ... Read more »

Ethan Laird outlines Manchester United target amid Swansea City praise

Ethan Laird has made a strong start to life in the Championship while impressing Swansea City fans. The Manchester United loanee has been a mainstay in the side since re-uniting ... Read more »

Huge blow: Leeds United suffer major setback before Wolves, Bielsa will be gutted - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Kalvin Phillips receiving injury treatment Leeds United will once again be without Kalvin Phillips ahead of their Premier League clash against Wolves on Saturday afternoon. ... Read more »

Jones starts Lewis, £39k-p/w dud axed in 4 changes: Predicted Newcastle XI vs Palace - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast 2021-10-02T160156Z_896058394_UP1EHA218J6JG_RTRMADP_3_SOCCER-ENGLAND-WLV-NEW-REPORT Graeme Jones is set for his first match in charge of Newcastle as interim manager against Crystal Palace in the Premier League today. Steve ... Read more »

Jennifer Aniston Shares the $9 Hydrating Face Mist She Loves for Hydrated, Glowing Skin

© Steve Granitz – Getty Images Jennifer Aniston shared the $9 face mist spray she uses to keep her skin hydrated. It’s the Heritage Store Rosewater facial mist. Here’s where ... Read more »

DIRECT. MotoGP – GP d'Émilie-Romagne : suivez en direct les qualifications sur le circuit de Misano

© DAVIDE GENNARI/EPA/MAXPPP Suivez en direct la séance de qualifications au Grand Prix d’Émilie-Romagne, 16e manche de la saison MotoGP. Après des essais libres sur une piste humide sur le ... Read more »

Chelsea vs Norwich LIVE: Premier League latest score, goals and updates from fixture today

LIVE – Updated at 12:33 © Getty Images Williams Follow all the action as Chelsea host Norwich City in the Premier League in Saturday’s early kick-off. Thomas Tuchel’s side enters ... Read more »

Amazon's Secret Outlet Dropped More Than 1,000 Kitchen Deals This Weekend, With Savings Up to 50%

If you’re in the market for kitchen essentials that won’t break the bank, we suggest heading to Amazon’s under-the-radar outlet section that’s packed with more than 1,000 deals. This weekend, ... Read more »

Is England vs West Indies on TV today? Start time, channel and how to watch the T20 World Cup match

England have the opportunity to get T20 revenge over the West Indies on Sunday at the T20 World Cup. © PA Wire Mark Wood will be involved for England – ... Read more »

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Manchester United are in transition and 'need time to adapt'

© Naomi Baker Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 3-2 win over Atalanta in the Champions League. Getty Cristiano Ronaldo has called for patience and ... Read more »

'Excellent', 'Brilliant' - Many Rangers fans buzz as comments emerge from 'exceptional player'

Many Glasgow Rangers fans have been left buzzing as some comments have emerged from James Tavernier. © Provided by Transfer Tavern James Tavernier celebrating Rangers title win As shared by ... Read more »

Babar Azam backs Pakistan to end unwanted record against India at T20 World Cup

© PA Wire Babar Azam hopes to end Pakistan’s unwanted record against India (Zac Goodwin/PA) – PA Wire Pakistan captain Babar Azam was adamant “records are meant to be broken” ... Read more »

Lionel Messi has made one of his biggest ever haters look silly with his 2021 brilliance

Lionel Messi has millions of fans around the world – but Sid Seixeiro doesn’t appear to be one of them. © GiveMeSport p1fimchjdr17oh183210mkpdidpjg.jpg The Canadian pundit has been a vocal critic ... Read more »

Andrea Orlandi: Ansu Fati is the ‘special' player that can lead FC Barcelona in new Clásico era

© Standard Sport/LaLigaTV LaLiga TV Andrea Orlandi final.jpg Ansu Fati can light up El Clásico this Sunday, and he’s one of many youngsters who can lead Barcelona’s revival into a ... Read more »

Ismael axes £19k-p/w dynamo, Reach starts in 2 changes: Predicted West Brom XI v BCFC - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Championship – Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion With Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion side heading into this afternoon’s Championship clash on the back of ... Read more »

NUFC 'preparing' £67.7m bid for 'extraordinary' ace with eight goal contributions this season

Newcastle United are reportedly ‘preparing’ a bid of £67.7m to try and sign Luis Diaz. © Provided by Transfer Tavern fc porto star luis diaz The Lowdown: Diaz on fire ... Read more »

Sheffield United dealt injury doubt ahead of Barnsley clash

© Provided by Football League World Jayden Bogle Jayden Bogle has started Sheffield United’s last two Championship matches, with the chance arising as a result of an injury to George ... Read more »

'Paul please', 'Booooo', 'Pain' - Many Liverpool fans fume at Paul Joyce injury claim

A number of Liverpool supporters have bemoaned Paul Joyce’s update confirming that Thiago will miss the Premier League clash with Manchester United. © Provided by Transfer Tavern Thiago vs Crystal ... Read more »

GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers

© Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images Panthers (4-0-0 8P) at Flyers (2-0-1 3P) WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET WHERE: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA ON THE TUBE: Bally Sports ... Read more »

Arsenal transfer news: Alexandre Lacazette going nowhere in January

Alexandre Lacazette won’t leave Arsenal in January despite the risk of losing him for nothing at the end of the season, according to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. © Provided by ... Read more »

Alonsónak mindkét edzésen problémái adódtak

© Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 úgy érzi, még bőven maradt bennük potenciál a pénteki szabadedzéseket követően. Az Alpine versenyzője számára egyik gyakorlás sem zajlott zökkenőmentesen. ... Read more »

Haaland kan være ute til desember – kamp mot Bayern i fare

© (NTB scanpix) Erling Braut Haaland må belage seg på et lengre skadeavbrekk med en avrevet muskelbunt i låret. Foto: Peter Dejong / AP / NTB Haaland kan være ute ... Read more »

LIVE: Følg Chelsea - Norwich

© GINTS IVUSKANS STARTER: En ny tøff oppgave venter for Mathias Normanns Norwich lørdag ettermiddag. LIVE: Følg Chelsea – Norwich CHELSEA – NORWICH: Norwich har slitt tungt i sesonginnledningen og ... Read more »

Man Utd need time to hit their stride: Ronaldo

© Paul ELLIS Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo admits Manchester United need time to hit their stride after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spending spree. Ronaldo returned for a second ... Read more »

Craig Gardner makes request amid poor Birmingham City form

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Birmingham City v Swansea City Birmingham City Technical Director Craig Gardner has begged fans for patience as he, Lee Bowyer and his ... Read more »

'Take Winks and Dele with you', 'We cannot allow this' - Many Spurs fans react as news emerges

According to The Sunderland Echo, Spurs coach Ryan Mason is one of the contenders to replace Nigel Adkins as Charlton head coach. © Provided by This is Futbol Mason Mason was ... Read more »

Scott McTominay sends scathing message to Manchester United critics

You wouldn’t exactly a expect team with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and many more stars to call themselves underdogs — but that’s exactly what they are ... Read more »

The Daizen Maeda feat Celtic fans will love as only Kyogo Furuhashi comes close to matching January target

Reported Celtic target Daizen Maeda certainly wouldn’t fail to bring an injection of pace up-front if he arrives in January. The Japanese international is believed to be a target for ... Read more »

Latest claim: Conte ‘interested' in Man Utd on two conditions

Antonio Conte is said to be ‘interested’ in taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United but would demand two things, according to journalist Duncan Castles. © PA Images ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic