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3 Most Likely Landing Spots for DeMarcus Cousins After Quad Injury

David Kaestle
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After making the long comeback from a torn Achilles suffered in the middle of last season, DeMarcus Cousins had just begun to hit his stride with the Golden State Warriors. Cousins joined the NBA's most recent dynasty in an attempt to prove his worth and health to potential suitors this summer, all while trying to win a championship.

But just two games into his first NBA playoff series, Cousins suffered yet another devastating injury, tearing his quad during Game 2 of the Warriors' series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

With his timetable for return still up in the air and his overall effectiveness on a basketball court potentially in doubt, let's take a look at three teams the perennial All-Star could sign with this summer.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers will have plenty of cap space to play with this summer – enough or close to enough for two max contracts. Although, if they're unable to convince two max guys to sign, then they could spend the money on lesser contracts to fill out the roster, one of which could be Cousins. After this injury, Cousins likely won't be receiving the big money he had hoped for. While it might be more than the roughly $5 million he's making with the Warriors this season, don't be surprised if it's not higher than $10 million.

2. Atlanta Hawks

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The Atlanta Hawks are also projected to have plenty of cap space this summer, but won't be signing any of the elite free agents. Cousins could opt to go somewhere like Atlanta, which would allow him to be a main focus of its offense. The Hawks also might be able to offer him a little more money than other teams, given they likely won't be in on any of the other top free agents. Outside of John Collins, Atlanta needs help in the front court too.

1. Brooklyn Nets

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Brooklyn is another young team on the rise with a ton of projected cap space. Boogie could have been a great fit for the Nets even prior to this injury, and now they might be able to lure him in at a discount. The Nets need offense from their front-court players and Cousins could be the answer, just as long as his injury doesn't keep him out for too long to start to 2019-20 season.

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