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A Potential Free Agency Suitor For DeMarcus Cousins Has Emerged

A closeup of DeMarcus Cousins during the National Anthem before a game.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors stands for the National Anthem before their game against the Denver Nuggets at ORACLE Arena on April 02, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

DeMarcus Cousins shocked much of the NBA world last summer when he signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors worth just north of $5 million.

The All-Star big man, who was coming off a torn Achilles injury, got healthy in Golden State by the start of 2019, though suffered a setback when he tore his quad in the playoffs. Cousins ended up returning by the NBA Finals and played serious minutes against the Toronto Raptors.

Cousins, who averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds a game in 2018-19, is set to hit free agency again.

The Warriors could have interest in bringing him back, although they're unable to offer him significant money.

Who might have interest in signing Cousins to a lucrative deal? The New York Knicks, apparently.

Marc Stein reports that New York is considering offering Cousins a sizable one-year deal if the Knicks miss out on Kevin Durant.

Obviously, Knicks fans would be disappointed if Cousins is the big free agency coup this summer, though signing him to a one-year deal would be fine if none of the major stars are willing to come.

Cousins could take another step forward health-wise in 2019-20 and be a solid big man option for a team with very little in proven assets.

NBA free agency is set to begin on Sunday at 6 p.m. E.T.