Most NBA teams are now scampering for available talent they can get their hands on. A large chunk of those are teams who will want to beef up with the NBA trade deadline fast approaching such as the Denver Nuggets.

There is no telling who they could add. But from the looks of it, someone who was signed to a 10-day deal may be staying on – possibly for the rest of the season.

DeMarcus Cousins saw his 10-day contract expire on Thursday but it appears he will be getting another one. If that is the case, the likely scenario is that “Boogie” will be assured of being with the Nuggets until the end of the 2021-22 season.

“As an organization, sometimes you have to … give yourself as much flexibility as possible,” Malone said via the Denver Post. “With that being said, once again, it is my hope that DeMarcus will be back with this team in the near future.”

Malone has every reason to want Cousins in tow even if his numbers are not as eye-catching as they used to be. For one, he was playing for the Nuggets who went 5-0.

But the thing is, Cousins is needed to add toughness and backup guys like Nikola Jokic. Although his brand of play may have dipped a bit, the 31-year-old appears to be content with the opportunity right now.

“I would love to be here. I think it’s a great fit. I think both sides benefit from it,” Cousins stated.

If Cousins signs another standard 10-day deal with the Nuggets, the team would have to either let him walk or sign him for the rest of the season once it expires. A player can’t sign more than two standard 10-day contracts with the same team in a season.

And reading between the lines, Malone appears to be ready to keep Cousins who can hopefully provide them a boost in the coming NBA playoffs.

DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks
DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks Getty Images | John Fisher

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