Tim MacMahon on the Mavericks trying to get DeMarcus Cousins: I’ve been told by people with the Mavericks that “absolutely no way would they touch Boogie”… I also think that I’ve been lied to [laughs].
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What if the next great Maverick not only is one of the NBA’s most unstoppable players, but will be in American Airlines Center tonight, more than likely dominating the Mavericks as a member of the Sacramento Kings? So, DeMarcus Cousins, what do you think about the Mavericks’ long-rumored interest in acquiring you? “It’s flattering,” Cousins told me, with a laugh, after the Kings’ Wednesday shootaround at AAC. Then, turning serious, he added of the Mavericks, “I respect them.” “But,” I said, “I’ve also heard that you like it in Sacramento.” “No,” Cousins corrected, “I love Sacramento.”
We also know that the Mavericks philosophically believe that adding a physically imposing center is a key _ if not the key _ step toward returning to the NBA’s elite. We know this from their failed attempts to land big-fish free agents Dwight Howard (2013), DeAndre Jordan (2015) and Hassan Whiteside (2016). Howard and Jordan, not incidentally, were represented by Cousins’ agent, Dan Fegan, who has a strong working relationship with the Mavericks franchise. If you’re doubting the strength of that relationship after Dallas’ failed attempts to sign Howard and Jordan, look no further than Frisco for a clue: On the roster of the D-League Texas Legends is 6-11, 255-pound Jaleel Cousins, DeMarcus’ 23-year-old brother. Unfortunately, the Legends are on a road trip that had them playing in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Monday and on Friday in Idaho. Otherwise, the Cousins brothers would have had a nice in-season reunion because the Kings have been in Dallas for the past three days.
As a committed member of the Kings with a stated love for Sacramento, DeMarcus understandably has no desire to talk at length about the prospect of some day playing for the Mavericks _ and in the same organization as his brother. But when I asked DeMarcus if he believes Jaleel is in a good situation, his answer sounded like good news for fans who like the idea of the Mavericks acquiring DeMarcus. “Absolutely,” DeMarcus said. “It’s the Mavericks. It’s one of the best franchises in the league. Cuban’s a great guy. Rick’s a great guy. He’s under some good people. I’m confident in the franchise and I’m confident in his abilities, as well. I think it’s a good situation for him.”
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December 16, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST Update
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James says he doesn’t think possibly playing against teammates at the All-Star Game would upset locker room chemistry. “I hope not,” James said after Saturday’s shootaround. “We’re all grown men. It doesn’t stop their paycheck from coming. It won’t stop you from playing time once the season starts.”
The NBA announced a new All-Star Game format in October, in which the player with the most votes in each conference would serve as a captain and would pick his team regardless of conference affiliation. LeBron James, a potential captain who led the All-Star vote last season, said the NBA players’ focus would be on winning the game, not on who is or isn’t on their team. “Listen, we’re trying to win in the All-Star Game,” James said. “So you want to get the best player, you want to get the best caliber of player. Obviously you’re going to have some type of faithfulness obviously to your teammates, but also you want to compete.”
Tim MacMahon: Chris Paul, informed that he joined Dennis Rodman of ‘95-96 Bulls as only starters to open 13-0 with a new team: “Cool. Dennis Rodman got more rings than me. We’ll see if I can catch him or not.”
December 16, 2017 | 12:43 pm EST Update
Fred Katz: Melo really likes NY: “How could I not miss New York? I became entrenched into not just the Knicks, but the city as a whole. Those are my roots, the people there, I became one of them. I’ve embraced New York City. I embraced the culture, embraced everything about the city.”