DeMarcus Cousins is moving and will join his fellow compatriot Dwight Howard in the T1-League. Earlier in the season, we saw Howard, who was denied a contract extension by the Lakers, move forward to free agency only to be rejected again as no team was willing to match his contract expectations. In the end, the former NBA champion decided to join the Taoyuan Leopards in T1 League.
Now, another veteran from the NBA is moving toward Taiwan. DeMarcus Cousins was left out as a free agent by the Denver Nuggets as his playing performance was hindered by many factors, thereby automatically reducing his time on the court. However, which team he will join in the Taiwanese League is still unknown.
A stacked career
Cousins was another Kentucky program product picked by the Sacramento Kings as the fifth overall pick in Round 1 of the 2010 NBA draft. He spent seven years with the Kings before spending short stints with six other franchises over the next seven years. His career has been a highlight reel of major ups and down. Boogie's a four-time NBA All-Star, went to the 2019 NBA Finals with the Warriors, and is a recipient of a Gold medal, which he received at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
It looks like the 32-year-old is finally bidding adieu to the NBA as he looks toward the T-1 League in Taiwan.
Hefty contracts and more respect
It's increasingly becoming a trend for the veterans in this sport to move to other foreign leagues to keep earning and playing the sport they love. NBA is a highly competitive league, and a franchise doesn't want to keep veterans on their roster who wouldn't be showcasing consistency with their gameplays faltering their chances of fighting for the championships.
This makes those said veterans feel unwanted in the league and perceive that they aren't respected enough for everything they had done previously. Given that the foreign leagues would barely match the players' expectations, the factor of them being wanted there boosts the morale of those veterans, which is why they switch to lesser-known but influential leagues.