DeMarcus Cousins Changes Agents, Hires Jeff Schwartz Amid Free Agency

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 13: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors and DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors look on during Game Six of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has watched the center market dry up around him, and he has responded by switching his representation.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Cousins is "enlisting the influential agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports."

That follows a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday that Cousins may not even get an offer of a mid-level exception this summer:

Several factors have hurt Cousins.

For one, NBA teams have devalued the center position, making it harder for a star like Cousins to get market value. For another, there were a ton of excellent center options available in free agency, making it a buyer's market. And Cousins is coming off of injuries in the past two seasons that have limited his playing time and effectiveness, including a torn Achilles in the 2017-18 campaign. 

Despite that injury, Cousins still played well for Golden State last year, averaging 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, shooting 48 percent from the field but just 27.4 percent from three.

He appeared in just 30 regular season games and eight postseason games, however. 

So it isn't terribly surprising that teams are cautious about splashing the cash for th 28-year-old center. He has been limited by injuries two seasons in a row and is a below-average three-point shooter, but he has been good enough in his past that he likely expects to be paid like a star.

Remember, Cousins is a four-time All-Star and two-time second-team All-NBA selection. He's averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game over the course of his career. He undoubtedly believes that he will return to that elite level of play.

But to this point, the rest of the NBA clearly has their doubts. So Cousins hired new representation to perhaps change their minds, even if there simply aren't many teams with cap space left to convince.   

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