Celtics reportedly not interested in DeMarcus Cousins because he brings too much drama

Alex Reimer
July 03, 2019 - 11:36 am

Armed with little more than veteran minimum contracts, the Celtics are not positioned to make any more big additions this summer. That could leave them thin in the front court, where they’ve replaced Al Horford with Enes Kanter –– and a mishmash of young unknowns and role players such as Robert Williams and Daniel Theis. 

With that reality in mind, it was tantalizing to learn four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins may be interested in signing for the veteran minimum, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. But the Celtics apparently don’t want to bring on the talented big man. 

“According to source, Celtics are not interested (in Cousins),” the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy tweeted Tuesday. “Don’t want the potential drama.”

There’s lots of drama attached with Cousins, who picked up a whopping 20 technical fouls during his last full season in 2016-17. At the NBA Draft last month, Danny Ainge said the Celtics were prioritizing high-character individuals, which was construed as a subtle shot at Kyrie Irving.

“I think it just makes life more enjoyable when everybody is humble, hardworking, and will play any role they have to help the team succeed,” Ainge told reporters. “You do have to have a certain amount of talent to win in our league, as we all know, but good people makes coming to work more fun.”

But with the Celtics’ seeming decision to pass on Cousins, who averaged 16.3 points per game in 30 games with the Warriors last season, perhaps Ainge’s comments were more than a loser’s lament. They want to get back to playing like the cohesive unit they were earlier in Brad Stevens’ tenure. It doesn’t look like Cousins fits into that, regardless of his talent and potential willingness to play for cheap.