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Details Emerge From The Celtics' Interest In DeMarcus Cousins

Brad Stevens crossing his arms.

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The Celtics were reportedly one of the teams potentially interested in signing DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, but the All-Star big man opted to join four other All-Star players in Golden State, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Warriors.

ESPN's Chris Haynes reported on Monday night that Cousins chose Golden State over Boston, but it's unclear how significant that interest in the Celtics was.

Details have emerged from Boston's reported pursuit of Cousins. It was short-lived.

Adam Himmelsbach reports that the Celtics never even made an offer to Cousins. They were told he might be interested in signing in Boston and began to explore the possibility.

A short time later, Cousins announced he was headed to the Bay Area.

"According to a league source, the Celtics never made an offer for DeMarcus Cousins. They’d heard he might have interest in Boston, and by the time they started to look into it, he was a Warrior," he reports.

The Rockets have been mentioned as another team that could've potentially made a Cousins signing work in similar fashion to the Warriors, but it's unclear if Houston was actually interested.

The Celtics, meanwhile, will continue to explore ways to upgrade their roster in free agency. Restricted free agent Marcus Smart probably remains the biggest focus point right now.